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 will use this grant to buy voluntary land preservation agreement for 18 acres just outside the Mount Vernon city limit. This land is under high residential development pressure. This project will protect farmland, conserve soil, and protect critical areas in perpetuity. It will also reduce the number of homes and septic systems in the floodplain. Skagit County will contribute $60,375 in conservation futures.