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 use this grant to conserve 202 acres of historic, working farmland 3 miles south of Oak Harbor in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island. The land trust will buy voluntary land preservation agreements, also called conservation easements, which will prevent development of two farms forever. The 129-acre Penn Cove Farm primarily is used for cropland to support an on-site dairy and heifer-raising operation. The farm has a full suite of infrastructure, including barns and farm buildings, irrigation system, manure digester, and fully-implemented farm resource management plan. The second farm is 73 acres, used primarily for hay and beef cattle production, and contains farm structures. Farmland protection, especially in Ebey’s reserve, is a high priority for Island County residents and is a primary goal in the county’s comprehensive plan. The need to protect these two farms is becoming more critical as the population around Oak Harbor expands to serve a growing Navy population. Conserving the farms also protects prime farmland soils, critical aquifer recharge areas, scenic open space, and wildlife habitat in the reserve. Both farms are identified as high protection priorities for the land trust, National Park Service, and Ebey’s Trust board. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will contribute $923,230 in federal and local grants.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whidbey Camano Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 923230 Project Type: Acquisition County: Island Legislative District: 10 Status: Board Preliminary Approved 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.