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FARMLAND LEGACY PROGRAM

 
 

Protecting today’s farmland for tomorrow.

The Farmland Legacy Program is a county-funded initiative that compensates landowners for placing a perpetual conservation easement on their land. Landowners retain ownership of their land and continue their farming operations as usual.

The program’s primary goal is to protect Skagit County’s vital agricultural productivity and character. Protecting Skagit County farmland sustains a future for our farmers.

View map of protected properties.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Farmland Legacy Program?

Am I Eligible?

Why Enroll?

How Would My Land Change?

How Do I Apply?

What Happens After I Apply?

Who Has Already Protected their Farmland?

 
   
 

 

Farmland Legacy in Skagit County: A Timeline

 
 

1997:
The Farmland Legacy Program is established by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners, enabling use of the Conservation Futures taxing mechanism authorized by the state Legislature for easement purchase.

2009: Farmland legacy receives state RCO grant award to protect Smith Farm, rated the top project in the state; and partners with the Nature Conservancy for the first time and Skagitonians to preserve farmland for the second time.

2022: The program celebrates 25 years of success as one of the most active and successful farmland preservation programs across Washington state, due to the number of protected acres and the ongoing community and county government involvement. Nearly 20% of land zoned agriculture- Natural Resource Land is protected from non-agricultural use through Farmland Legacy conservation easements.
 
 

 

Farmland Legacy Annual Reports

   
 
2022
| 2021 | 2017 | 2009

2020 Agricultural Yearbook

 
 


Conservation Future Advisory Board

 
 

The Skagit County Conservation Futures Advisory Board (CFAB) is responsible for administering the Farmland Legacy Program. CFAB reviews and recommends the proposed farmland to County Commissioners.  

Member and meeting information

 
 

Click to view minutes and agendas

 
 

 

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Application
Enrollment Process Milestones
Easement Template


News


Skagit County Protects 425 Acres of Farmland from Development in 2023

Skagit County Program helps preserve dwindling farmland. (NPR)

Farmland Legacy Program fends off residential development threats (La Conner Weekly News)

Another piece of local farmland protected from development (Stanwood Camano News)

Skagit County Farmland protection program preserves farmland for tomorrow (goSkagit)


2023 Annual Report
Video
Contact

Program Coordinator:
Sarah Stoner

(360) 416-1417
sstoner@co.skagit.wa.us

Natural Resource Division Contacts

Physical and Mailing Address:
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

We want your feedback!


 

APPLY TODAY

Application
Enrollment Process Milestones
Easement Template


News

Skagit County Protects 425 Acres of Farmland from Development in 2023

Skagit County Program helps preserve dwindling farmland. (NPR)

Farmland Legacy Program fends off residential development threats (La Conner Weekly News)

Another piece of local farmland protected from development (Stanwood Camano News)

Skagit County Farmland protection program preserves farmland for tomorrow (goSkagit)


2023 Annual Report
Video
Contact

Program Coordinator:
Sarah Stoner

(360) 416-1417
sstoner@co.skagit.wa.us

Natural Resource Division Contacts

Physical and Mailing Address:
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

We want your feedback!