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 purchase the development rights on approximately 78 acres of prime agricultural lands, via an agricultural conservation easement. This easement will permanently extinguish approximately 14 development rights, depending on the availability of residential water. The primary benefit of this project is the preservation of working farmland in Whatcom County.