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.
This projected protected 1,020 acres of Skagit Valley farmland and removed 23 Development Rights through perpetual agricultural Conservation Easements. A unique cooperation exists among farmers in the Skagit valley that ensures the survival of essential farmland and related infrastructure in the region. Farms include those with potatoes as their primary crop rotated with grains, pasture or other cash crops; a dairy; and those that are part of a complex seed crop rotation, each farm alternating their crops with grains, cabbage, spinach, tulips, corn, beets, cucumbers and more. Protection of farmland also has significant environmental benefits for nesting and roosting migratory fowl, shorebirds and raptors including both threatened and endangered species. The project is within Samish Basin & Skagit Delta in Skagit County.