Thornton Ranch Agricultural Easement

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 State Conservation Commission will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to conserve the 107.7-acre Thornton Ranch, a livestock and hay ranch near Cowiche. The land has prime farmland soils and is considered both farmland of statewide importance and farmland of unique importance. The ranch is bisected by more than a half-mile of Cowiche Creek, which is home to steelhead trout and Chinook and coho salmon.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Conservation Commission Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $916,713.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Yakima Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1546

Location Details

Beginning at the intersection of 40th and Summitview in Yakima, Washington. Head west on Summitview Ave (8.8 miles). Turn left onto Cowiche Mill Rd. Continue for 1.4 miles. Destination will be on left (1370 Cowiche Mill Road)

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.