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.
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.