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 buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for 26.75 acres of prime agricultural soils. This land supports Sage and Sky Farm, which raises mixed vegetables and sheep for meat and wool production on about 4 acres. Agricultural lands in this area include wetlands where a diverse assortment of migratory waterfowl regularly visit. Whatcom County will contribute $117,800 in conservation futures and a federal grant.