Quilcene Farmland Preservation

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

Jefferson Land Trust is applying for grant funds to purchase conservation easements on two adjacent farms — Humbleberry Farm and Schmidt Farms–located in Jefferson County,. The purpose of these acquisitions is to permanently preserve the prime agricultural soils on two adjacent historical working farms located at the head of Quilcene Bay by preventing subdivision and eliminating the estimated four remaining development rights. Conservation values include Farmland of Statewide Importance and Prime Agricultural soils; Donovan Creek and Jakeway Creek riparian and salmonid spawning habitat and natural wetlands; agricultural infrastructure and market accessibility; and scenic open space. The farms are located approximately 1 mile to the NE of the town of Quilcene and are adjacent to other permanently protected fish habitat, farmland and working forestland properties. The easements will help permanently preserve approximately 115-acres of working farmland, 2,000 feet Jakeway Creek, and approximately 650 feet of Donovan Creek. This allows for future restoration and enhancement activities on Donovan  and Jakeway Creeks with project partners including the Jefferson County Conservation District and the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group. Jefferson Land Trust aims to protect these historical working farms, threatened salmonid spawning habitat, and open space values through conservation easements funded by RCO, Jefferson County Conservation Futures funds, and the Navy REPI program.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Jefferson Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $750,000.00 Applicant Match: $979,200.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1408

Location Details

Access to Humbleberry Farm is from McInnis Road, located to the NE of the town of Quilcene. From Quilcene, go north on Center Road approximately .5 miles, turn right onto East Quilcene Road. After another .5 miles turn left (north) onto McInnis Road. Humbleberry Farm driveway is located approximately .4 miles to the north. Access to Schmidt Farm is from Jakeway Road. Travel east on East Quilcene Road approximately 1 mile from Center Road. Turn north onto Jakeway Road and follow to the end.

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.