Wolf Creek Agricultural CE, Phase I

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 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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Methow Conservancy Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $ 1,140,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 1,189,046.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 12 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1573

Location Details

From the downtown Winthrop, drive south on Highway 20 and go over the bridge on the edge of town, then immediately turn right onto Twin Lakes Rd. Travel about 1.3 mile and turn right onto Wolf Creek Rd, and travel on it for about 0.4 miles to the driveway and red buildings on the left; the address is 39 Wolf Creek Road.

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.