Trout Lake Valley Phase 2

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

Columbia Land Trust acquired a Conservation Easement on 132.81 acres owned by the Justesen Family in the Trout Lake Valley of Klickitat County. The easement forever protects highly productive Class 1 soils that are ideal for cropland and grazing. At an elevation of 1,800 feet and in close proximity to Mt. Adams, the Trout Lake Valley provides an ideal climate for organic farming due to cold winter weather and few pests but a long 180-day growing season that permits 4 harvests per year. The easement extinguishes six development rights and is the second WWRP funded agricultural conservation easement in the Valley. It follows the nearby 215-acre Mountain Meadows Dairy conservation easement purchased in 2013. This easement ensures that Trout Lake’s fifth-generation dairy farms will continue into the future, providing Northwest households with fresh, local, organic milk products; maintaining critical open-space for wildlife and water infiltration; and protecting the Valley’s iconic scenic quality.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Columbia Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $314,887.95 Applicant Match: $314,887.95 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat, Yakima Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1463

Location Details

State Route 14 East along the Columbia River in Southwest Washington to White Salmon, and State Route 141 North along the White Salmon River. Approximately 30 miles on SR 141 to Trout Lake. East on Sunnyside Rd.

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.