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 Blue Mountain Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to conserve a 1,947-acre ranch. The ranch contains the headwaters of north Patit Creek and straddles the ridge between the Patit Creek and Tucannon River basins. The agreement will ensure the grazing land remains in agricultural use and that the ranch can’t be subdivided. The Blue Mountain Land Trust will contribute $743,300 in a federal grant and donated land or property interest.