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.
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.