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.
Skagit County used this grant funding to purchase one development right on 53 acres via an agricultural conservation easement. The Nelson-Brand Farm is located on the LaConner Whitney Road just south of Hwy 20 and is adjacent to property protected with a Farmland Legacy easement. Crops grown on this farm include potatoes, grains, peas and corn. The farm also supports pasture land for cows.