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.
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.