Schuster Hereford Ranch

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Washington State Conservation Commission will use this grant to acquire an agricultural conservation easement on approximately 1,900 acres of farmland in perpetuity and will extinguish 95 development rights. The Schuster Hereford Ranch is adjacent to almost 12,000 acres of ranchland already protected under agricultural conservation easements and also land protected by the Badger Gulch Natural Area Preserve. The property includes upland grazing and dryland haying while also protecting key habitat in the Rock Creek Watershed for mid-Columbia ESA listed chinook and steelhead. The property is located in Klickitat County about 15 miles east of Goldendale along the Bickleton Highway.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Conservation Commission Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 881000 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1924

Location Details

To Homesite, from Goldendale WA, head east on the Bickleton Hwy for 8.75 miles. Homesite is located on the left at 875 Bickleton Hwy. To Project site, from Goldendale WA, head east on the Bickleton Hwy for 14.3 miles. Project sties is located on the left and right at 1430 Bickleton Hwy.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.