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.
Forterra will use this grant to purchase an agricultural conservation easement on about 329 acres of privately-owned farmland located in Arlington Heights in Snohomish County. The farm supports a dairy operation and also produces crops including corn, peas, strawberries as well as hay and silage for livestock. This easement will permanently extinguish 63 development rights, ensuring that the land will be available for farming in perpetuity.