Rader Road Ranch: Protecting Our Rural Legacy

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

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Forterra Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 937500 Applicant Match: 937500 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Director Approved RCO Project # 16-1634

Location Details

Ellensburg is 2 hours east of Seattle. Once in town, follow Vantage Hwy going east out of Ellensburg to Naneum Road. Travel North on Naneum Road until Rader Road, about 10 miles. The ranch is on the left at the address provided.

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.