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 use this grant to permanently extinguish about 78 development rights on approximately 390 acres of farmland in the Methow Valley, through an agricultural conservation easement. The land supports about 344 acres of hay fields and also provides valuable habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species. The primary benefit of this project is the preservation of working farmland.