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.
Forterra will use this grant to permanently protect approximately 280 acres of working ranchland and extinguish 65 development rights via an agricultural conservation easement. The Radar Road Ranch currently supports pasture for cattle but includes prime soils that are capable of growing a wide variety of agricultural crops, including hay, sugar beets and orchard crops. Radar Ranch includes nearly one mile of Riparian Protection habitat along Naneum Creek in Kittitas County.