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.
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to buy a 371-acre voluntary land preservation agreement for land owned by Daniel Miller with 4-Bravo Ranch. Made up of irrigated farmland and pasture, along with aspen and dry mixed conifer forest, this project will protect productive farm and ranchland that supports hay farming and livestock ranching. Located near Washington State Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service land, the area will facilitate expanded opportunities for cattle ranching and wildlife movement. The land includes a section of Curlew Creek, a fish-bearing creek with streambank habitat. Near Curlew and State Highway 21, the land sees increased pressure for industrial or residential development. Okanogan Land Trust will contribute $215,775 in donations of cash and land interest.