Schwerin Farmland Preservation Easement

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

Blue Mountain Land Trust acquired an agricultural conservation easement to permanently protect 233 acres. The easement includes provisions for continued agricultural use on the presently cultivated land, which encompasses approximately 196 acres of the property. Located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains the site receives an average of 30 inches of precipitation per year and has very productive soils. Wheat is the primary crop, and yields are in the range of 100 bushels per acre. The close proximity to Walla Walla and the scenic views makes this area attractive for development. Adjacent hilltops are being developed for large viewsite homes. Prior to the conservation easement, there was a threat to continued agricultural use of this land as demand for additional rural residential homesites increase. An existing farmstead site was retained with the ability to remodel or rebuild the one single family home already there. All remaining development rights were extinguished with the easement. The landowners had previously donated a conservation easement on their adjacent parcel, meaning this project provides additional contiguous conservation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Blue Mountain Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $81,418.77 Applicant Match: $82,029.41 Project Type: Acquisition County: Walla Walla Legislative District: 16 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1485

Location Details

Take US Highway 12 east ten miles through Dixie, WA. One half mile past the Dixie School turn right onto Mud Creek Road. Go approximately three miles up Mud Creek Road to the project site at 2921 Mud Creek Road.

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.