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 North Olympic Land Trust will use this grant to purchase a permanent agricultural conservation easement on 132 acres and extinguishing seven development rights on the historic Smith Family Farm. The property is located on Port Williams Road in eastern Clallam County and contains all prime and prime, if irrigated, farmland soils. The farm is planted in spinach and cauliflower seed crops, barley, hay and corn silage, and grass pasture to support the family-owned dairy. The site is also a popular birding spot, is potential habitat for the Taylor Checkerspot, an endangered species that breeds in the area, and is popular with the Dungeness herd of elk.