Reiner Farm, Snohomish County

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 PCC Farmland Trust will use this grant to purchase a permanent conservation easement on 200 acres of the Reiner Farm in the Tualco Valley, one of Snohomish County’s core agricultural communities. In addition to having some of Snohomish County’s best farmland, Reiner Farm also includes two miles of riverfront on the main stem of the Skykomish River, including a 200′ riparian buffer providing high-quality fish and wildlife habitat. Conservation of Reiner Farm will extinguish 18 development rights. Reiner Farm currently provides critical acreage for the neighboring Werkhoven Dairy, which milks 1,000 cows on 700 acres of owned and leased land, including Reiner farm. The farm produces corn, silage, and hay, and its rich USDA Prime soils are capable of supporting diversified row crops, berries and fruit, livestock, and grain production.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Washington Farmland Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $814,010.00 Applicant Match: $814,010.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Snohomish Legislative District: 12 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1358

Location Details

Please contact the landowner prior to arrange any access or site visits. PCC Farmland Trust can provide contact information upon request. From Seattle, take I-90 East towards Bellevue/Spokane. Take exit 10A to merge onto I-405 N toward Bothell/Everett. Travel North on I-405 until you reach exit 23. Take exit 23 to merge onto WA-522 E. Exit off of WA-522 onto US-2 E toward Wenatchee. Turn right onto WA-203 S/N Lewis St. Turn left onto Niederle Rd.

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.