West Farm

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

The 60-acre West Farm is located along the Carbon River between the city of Orting and the town of South Prairie in Pierce County. Pierce County will acquire a conservation easement on the farm and limit further development in perpetuity. The property has been in the family since the early 1800s and provides critical open space and agricultural land in an area that is facing increasing development pressures for residential use. Emus, buffalo, and several types of cattle are raised on the West Farm and their meat is sold to the community. A home site, barn, and several outbuildings for agricultural purposes are located on site. The farm rests on prime farmland soils and has a variety of habitat types including pasturelands, wetlands, streams, and woodland areas. Located directly along the Carbon River, there is high conservation value for wildlife including salmon, elk, and bald eagles.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 0 Applicant Match: 273000 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 31 Status: Not Implemented RCO Project # 08-1289

Location Details

Take I-5 to WA-167 N - Exit 135 toward Puyallup Stay straight to go onto E 28TH ST/WA-167 N. Continue to follow WA-167 through the City of Puyallup (Also known as River Road E) Turn Left onto N Meridian/WA-167 N and cross Puyallup River bridge Turn Right onto WA-167 N Merge to the right onto WA-410 E toward Sumner/Yakima Take the WA-162 E/Valley Ave exit toward Orting Turn Right onto Valley Ave E/WA-162. Continue to follow WA-162 into and through the City of Orting Turn Right at Bridge Street SW Turn Left at Corrin Ave SE/Harman Way S Continue on Pioneer Way E Main home site at 18412 Pioneer Way E, Orting, WA 98360

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.