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.
Through partnership with the North Yakima Conservation District, the Washington State Conservation Commission used this grant to permanently protect approximately 98 acres of high-quality, irrigated agricultural land in Yakima County. The agricultural conservation easement purchased with the grant funds ensures the property will stay open and available for continued agricultural production now and into the future. The easement permanently extinguished 3 residential development rights. The protected property currently supports pastured beef and hay production. The protected property has a valid senior water right and approximately 2,200 feet of Cowiche Creek, a high priority tributary for salmon recovery within the Yakima River Basin.