Nelson Ranch Easement Acquisition

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

This project is to acquire an agricultural conservation easement on 550 acres of prime agricultural land, thereby extinguishing approximately 54 development rights. The farm encompasses about 3.5 miles of the Deschutes River, the majority of the property lying within the Deschutes River floodplain and hosting native oak-prairie and over 56 acres of Mima Mounds and coniferous forest habitat. In addition to the important agricultural resources contained on the property, the property also supports coho (ESA species of concern), steelhead (ESA threatened), and cutthroat trout, as well as potential habitat for the Mazama pocket gopher (ESA threatened). The farm is located in Thurston County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Capitol Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 750000 Applicant Match: 750000 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 20 Status: Active RCO Project # 14-1629

Location Details

Drive south on Old Hwy 99 from Olympia, turn left on Waldrick Rd SE, driveway is on left after about 1/4 mile.

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.