VanderWerff Agricultural Conservation Easement

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

Whatcom County will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to conserve 19.77 acres of prime agricultural soils on the VanderWerff property, 8 miles northeast of Bellingham. The VanderWerff family farm raises cattle, pigs, and riding horses. The farm is next to farmland already conserved. Whatcom County will contribute $113,775 in Conservation Futures.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whatcom County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $113,775.00 Applicant Match: $113,775.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1584

Location Details

From Bellingham, drive east on Mt Baker Highway. Turn left on Everson-Goshen Rd and drive 1.0 mile. Turn Right on Kelly Rd and drive 1.5 miles. Destination will be on the left.

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.