McLeod Agricultural Conservation Easement

Category Overview

Farmland Preservation protects valuable farmland and habitat for recreationally important animals, like salmon, birds, deer, and elk. These projects allow families to continue farming the land they have worked on for generations, and provide Washingtonians with healthy local food and a diverse economy. WWRP is the only source of farmland preservation funding in the state budget.

Project Highlights

Whatcom County will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for 16.59 acres of prime agricultural soils. The land currently supports a local farm business, Uprising Organics, which grows vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. This area protects shoreline habitat for migratory waterfowl and provides an additional buffer to the large dairy operation next door. This land’s proximity to Wiser Lake, which a large and diverse assortment of migratory waterfowl visit, also helps to protect wildlife habitat. Whatcom County will contribute $191,300 in conservation futures and a federal grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whatcom County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $ 175,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 191,300.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-2060

Location Details

Site can be accessed by heading North out of Bellingham on the Guide Meridian and turning right (East) on Wiser Lake Road. Property is located on both sides of Wiser Lake Road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.