Mountain View Dairy, Pierce County

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

Pierce County used this grant to acquire a permanent agricultural conservation easement on the Mountain View Dairy, a historic farm in the Graham community. The agricultural conservation easement protects the farms 284 acres and extinguishes 26 development rights. PCC Farmland Trust partnered with The Conservation Fund to get the farm off the development market and bridge the gap until a conservation easement could be acquired with the ultimate goal of returning the farm to private ownership. The farm is now under a lease-to-purchase agreement with a local farm family who operates a certified organic dairy. When the fee property is sold to the farmer, Pierce County intends to transfer the conservation easement to PCC Farmland Trust. All project due diligence including the stewardship plan, surveys, and title work are complete. The conservation easement was recorded on January 8, 2020.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $614,776.50 Applicant Match: $626,285.54 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 2 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 18-1376

Location Details

Please contact landowner prior to arrange any access or site visits. From WA-161 S/Meridian Ave E southbound, turn left onto 238th St E/Presely Rd, turn right onto 108th Ave E, 108th Ave E turns slightly left and becomes 240th St E, 240th St E turns slightly right and becomes 110th Ave E.

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.