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 Torres Dairy project will help to facilitate transition of a dairy business from the Goeres Family to the Torres Family. This project will preserve over 350 acres of prime farmland and critical habitat in the Chehalis River basin and assist in ensuring dairy remains a viable option for owners of this land. Jose Torres started on the farm as a milker when the Goeres Family owned and operated the entire operation. Over the last decade, Jose and his family have taken on more of the operation. When William Goeres passed away, Jose purchased the business and has been working to purchase parcels from the Goeres Family. An easement on the entirety of the land that supports the dairy will facilitate the sale of the remainder of the land and buildings to Jose and Verenice Torres.