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 Blue Mountain Land Trust will acquire an agricultural conservation easement to permanently protect 230 acres while reserving future homesites on non-farmable land. 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 makes the property an attractive target for development. The primary conservation value of this project is farmland.