Sunny Okanogan Angus Ranch

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to conserve forever the 1,051-acre Sunny Okanogan Angus Ranch in the Tunk Valley, about 15 miles northeast of Riverside. The land contains significant prime farmland soils and is designated as both farmland of statewide and unique importance. The current farmer is the second generation to own the property, and the agreement would enable the family to solidify its ranching operation and pass it on to future generations, free from development pressures. The ranch provides habitat for sharp-tail grouse, elk, moose, bear, deer, and a wide variety of birds. It also is important for mule deer and Canada Lynx movement. The Okanogan Land Trust will contribute $250,061 in a federal grant and donated land or property interest.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Okanogan Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $204,596.10 Applicant Match: $250,061.90 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1781

Location Details

From Riverside, WA, take Tunk Valley Rd. 0.3 miles and turn left onto Tunk Creek Rd. After 12.3 miles, turn left onto J H Green Rd. Continue on J H Green Rd. for 2.9 mi until it takes a sharp left. The south end of the worksite is due north of this intersection. Synarep Chewililen Rd is north (straight) and enters the worksite.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.