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 Methow Conservancy will permanently protect, via a conservation easement, a 390-acre property that has been a farm for over 100 years and is located in the Methow Valley in Okanogan County, Washington. The site contains high-quality soils and adjudicated senior water rights, which will be tied to the land in perpetuity as part of the conservation easement. The project will retain two farmsteads and eliminate the remaining development rights on the land, a portion of which is zoned for 5-acre parcels and the remainder of which is located within a Planned Destination Resort Zone. In addition to farmland, the project will protect signature scenic views along the Methow Community Trail and protect wetlands that provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife species. Protecting working agricultural lands is highly valued by residents of the Methow Valley, and protecting this farm will contribute to sustaining agriculture as a way of life in the Methow.