Triple Creek Ranch 2008

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

This project funded a purchase of an agricultural conservation easement on 260 acres of a 400-acre hay and cattle farm north of Ellensburg. Triple Creek Ranch has been owned by the same family for 68 years. The current owner’s son has plans to continue farm operations upon inheritance from his elderly parents, all of whom live on the property together. The project area includes the farmstead, rich Riparian Protection in Upper Wilson Creek, and senior water rights.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kittitas County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $320,943.29 Applicant Match: $649,575.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1323

Location Details

From Ellensburg take Vantage Highway to Wilson Creek Road. Turn North towards the hills. Follow Wilson Creek road until you cross town ditch and Triple Creek Ranch is immediately to the right all the way up to Thomas 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.