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.
Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to fund acquisition of a permanent conservation easement on 842 acres of farmland in Okanogan County. The property is currently used as rangeland for a large cattle operation, with a portion cultivated and growing feed crops; the project will also protect prime / unique soils and NRCS Grasslands of Special Environmental Significance. The easement will ensure the land will remain available for farming in perpetuity.