Seachris Farm 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 on the Seachris family farm, permanently protecting 215 acres of a 230 acre property in Walla Walla County, WA. Located along the Touchet River, the property contains nearly 200 acres of prime agricultural soils and ample water rights for irrigation. The property is located immediately outside the town of Touchet along a paved road, and is approximately two miles from US Highway 12; this provides ready access to markets for agricultural products, but also made the area an attractive target for development. In August, 2021, the property was preserved for its farmland values under a conservation easement. 

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Blue Mountain Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $169,500.00 Applicant Match: $169,500.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Walla Walla Legislative District: 16 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-2009

Location Details

Heading east on U.S. Hwy. 12, turn left onto Touchet North Road. Continue approximately 2 miles to #1799 on the left. Note that the project is on private property; contact the landowner or project sponsor to arrange a visit.

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.