Methow Farmland

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

Okanogan County will use this grant to purchase a conservation easement on 110 acres of the Lehman farm in the Methow Valley. The farm contains prime agricultural soils where alfalfa, corn, and hay have been grown for more than 100 years. In addition, the farm borders the Methow River, which provides important habitat for salmon species, deer, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Zoning would allow 22 homes to be built on the property. This project is part of a farmland protection partnership with the Methow Conservancy, a land trust that is working to protect vital farmland between Winthrop and Twisp.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Okanogan County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $387,037.74 Applicant Match: $387,037.75 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1746

Location Details

From Highway 20 in Twisp, WA, turn north onto the Twisp-Winthrop Eastside County Road. The turn is just east of the Methow River bridge in Twisp. Follow the Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road for 3.0 miles, past a green farmhouse, and past the Balky Hill Road. The Lehman farm is to the north of the green farmhouse, and extends to the Methow River. A farm access road bisects the middle of the Lehman farm's upper fields.

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.