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.
Whatcom County will use this grant to purchase an agricultural conservation easement on about 27 acres of farmland north of Western Whatcom County. The property supports the production of sheep for meat and wool as well as about four acres of cropland used for growing a variety of vegetables. The easement will prevent future development by purchasing four development rights on the property, thereby ensuring that the land will remain available for farming in perpetuity.