Teas 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 445 acres of agricultural land in the Okanogan Highlands, about 25 miles northeast of Tonasket. The Teas Ranch contains significant prime farmland soils and is designated as farmland of statewide importance. It also lies in an area designated as grasslands of special significance. The land has been in agricultural production for more than 100 years, and the owner is a fourth-generation rancher. The agreement would enable the owner to solidify the ranching operation and pass it on to the next generations, free from development pressures. The ranch provides habitat for elk, moose, bear, deer, and a wide variety of birds. The agreement also would preserve the scenic beauty of the landscape, including views of nearby Muskrat Lake and a historic homestead. The Okanogan Land Trust will contribute $133,547 in a federal grant and donated land or property interest, and.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Okanogan Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $109,265.00 Applicant Match: $133,547.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1619

Location Details

From Tonasket, take Havillah Rd north ~20 mi to intersection with Hungry Hollow Rd. Continue on Hungry Hollow Rd for approx another half mile. The southeast corner of the property borders Hungry Hollow Road and runs north from there.

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.