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.
Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to acquire a conservation easement on 280 acres of agricultural land. The farmland is located in the shadow of Mt. Adams, within the White Salmon River watershed in Trout Lake Valley, Klickitat County. The easement will extinguish 15 development rights. The landowners have utilized organic methods of farming for decades in a valley that is now known for its organic production.