Trout Lake Valley

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 used this grant to acquire an agricultural conservation easement on 215 acres from the Schmid family who are fourth generation farmers currently operating a certified organic dairy. The family currently produces nutrient rich alfalfa on this property to feed their cows. The family provided the match through donated easement value plus costs. They own several hundred additional acres which may be available for protection in future phases.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Columbia Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $468,609.46 Applicant Match: $685,857.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1682

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 Little Mountain 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.