Peyton Ranch Conservation Easement

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 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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Blue Mountain Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $743,300.00 Applicant Match: $743,300.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Columbia Legislative District: 16 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1435

Location Details

From Dayton, continue east on US-HWY 12. Turn right onto Patit Road. Continue 9 miles on Patit Road and then turn right onto Starveout Road. Follow Starveout Road approximately 2 miles to access Peyton property. The property can also be access via North Patit Road. North Patit Road is located just past Starveout Road. Turn right onto North Patit Road and travel approximately 2 miles to access Peyton property.

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.