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 Okanogan Land Trust (OLT) will use this grant to permanently extinguish about 208 development rights on approximately 1,051 acres of farmland in the Tunk Valley, through an agricultural conservation easement. The land supports a thriving angus operation and also provides valuable habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species. The primary benefit of this project is the preservation of working ranchland.