Penn Cove Farmland

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

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will acquire two conservation easements on 202 acres of farmland within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island. These perpetual easements will extinguish a total of 13 development rights on two contiguous farms located three miles south of the densely-populated City of Oak Harbor. The 129-acre Penn Cove Farm has a full suite of infrastructure, including barns and farm buildings, irrigation system, manure digester, and fully-implemented NRCS Farm Resource Management Plan. The second farm is 73 acres, and also contains farm structures. Both farms have water rights certificates. The primary conservation value is working agricultural land.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whidbey Camano Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 755370 Applicant Match: 923230 Project Type: Acquisition County: Island Legislative District: 10 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1660

Location Details

To access the project worksite from the city of Oak Harbor, go south on State Highway 20. Turn left onto Monroe Landing Road and head south for about one mile. The properties are on either side of the road. The Rector property is on the left side at 1044 Monroe Landing Road. To access the Penn Cove Farms property, briefly continue south on Monroe Landing Road and turn right onto Arnold Road. The driveway will be on the right at 1240 Arnold Road. Please contact Land Trust and landowners prior to access.

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.