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 used this grant to fund acquisition of a permanent conservation easement on 893 acres of farmland in Okanogan County. The property is used as rangeland for a large cattle operation, with a portion cultivated and growing feed crops; the project protects prime / unique soils and NRCS Grasslands of Special Environmental Significance, and ensures the land will remain available for farming in perpetuity. The acres acquired via the CE were added to the existing 260-acre Olma South CE, previously funded by RCO, via the CE amendment process. The new CE with the added acres now encompasses 1153 acres.