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.
The Okanogan Land Trust used this grant to acquire a conservation easement on 604 acres of farm and ranch land in the Okanogan Highlands near Havillah. This easement will be held in perpetuity and will preserve prime and unique soils for agricultural use, valuable and unusual habitat on the property and also protect historic structures. The ranch itself provides significant contribution to the local agricultural infrastructure.