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.
PCC Farmland Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for the 200-acre Rengen Ranch, preventing development. The tremendous population growth in Snohomish County has put additional development pressure on farms immediately surrounding the county’s growing metropolitan areas, and makes large, contiguous farms like Rengen Ranch critical for maintaining an agricultural industry in Snohomish County. The owners have maintained the former dairy infrastructure in good condition, along with their water rights, farm roads, and livestock fencing for continued agricultural use into the future. PCC Farmland Trust will contribute $527,000 in donations of cash and a federal grant.