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 Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to purchase 14 development rights on 288 acres of farmland in Trout Lake Valley in Klickitat County. The Land Trust will acquire these development rights via two agricultural conservation easements on two organic dairy farms, one with 158 acres and the other with 130 acres. These farms are located adjacent to each other along the White Salmon River. This valley is ideal for agriculture due to an abundance of water and prime agricultural soils.