Mt. 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

PCC Farmland Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, for the Mountain View Dairy, a historic family dairy farm in Graham. At 284 total acres, it is eight times the average farm size in Pierce County, and one of the largest farms in the area. The agreement will prevent the farm from being developed, ensuring the land will be available for farming forever. The farm is owned by a developer who has had the property preliminarily platted and listed for sale. If not conserved, the farm could be developed into more than 29 homes and lost forever as a productive farm. The owner is leasing the land to a local farming family that operates a certified organic dairy in King County and is using the property to expand and diversify its operation. The family plans to buy the land and raise feed, beef, and chickens. In recognition of this farm’s importance in the community and the urgency of the threat of development, the PCC Farmland Trust is working to buy the easement and ensure that ownership of the farm can be transferred affordably to the current farmers. This project is supported by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation District. The PCC Farmland Trust will contribute $778,862 in donations of cash and Conservation Futures.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: PCC Farmland Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 778862 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 2 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1319
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Location Details

Please contact the landowner prior to arrange any access or site visits. PCC Farmland Trust can provide contact information upon request. From Seattle, take I-5 South to I-405 North, then take I-405 N to Exit 2 and take Hwy 167 S. Continue onto WA-512 W and take the exit towards WA-161 S/S Hill/Eatonville. Turn left onto 31st Ave SW (signs for Washington 161 S/Eatonville/Mount Rainier). Continue onto WA-161 S/Meridian Ave E, and turn left onto 238th St E/Presley 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, destination will be on the left.

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.