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.
Skagit County will use this grant to buy a 63-acre voluntary land preservation agreement, which removes one development right and a single-family house. Near the protected Cascade Trail and the Skagit Land Trust’s Minkler Lake land complex, this land falls within the Skagit River floodplain. The project will protect farmland and critical areas and conserve soil in perpetuity. Skagit County will contribute $69,125 in conservation futures.