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.
Okanogan Land Trust performed all client communications and due diligence work on the project as proposed, with the goal of securing a perpetual conservation easement on the property specified. This due diligence included appraisal, appraisal review, Phase 1 ESA, and baseline. We kept in regular communication with the client throughout, and confirmed their intention to proceed at each juncture. Everything was lined up to proceed to closing. Unfortunately, just a few weeks prior to planned closing, they client opted not to proceed with the conservation easement at this time, for their own financial/family/personal reasons. So we were not able to complete the project as planned. We have stayed in communication with the client since this decision, in the hopes that there may yet be future opportunities if circumstances change. The client also has introduced us to a fellow rancher in very close proximity who is very interested in doing a conservation easement on his ranch. These conversations have led to our submittal of an application for another acquisition project in the current funding cycle.