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.
Whatcom County will use this grant to purchase an agricultural conservation easement on about 19 acres of farmland in northern Whatcom County. The farm supports the production of certified organic hay rotated with conventional row crops. The easement will prevent future development by purchasing one development right on the property, thereby ensuring that the land will remain available for farming in perpetuity.