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 will use this grant to permanently extinguish 18 development rights on 3,242 acres in the Tunk Valley, through an agricultural conservation easement. The land supports a thriving cattle 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.