Office of Farmland Preservation

The Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) was established in 2007 to address the rapid loss of working farm and forest lands in Washington State.  Visit the OFP site to learn about conservation easements, economic incentives for landowners, and more.

About Conservation Districts

Conservation Districts are a unique form of non-regulatory government, they match local resource needs with technical financial resources to help landowners with “on-the-ground” conservation projects.

Success Stories: S. Yakima Conservation District helps landowners afford no-till farming

Soil erosion on agricultural land poses a threat to both crop production and water quality. Topsoil that washes away in the rain or blows off can increase sedimentation in water and spread pollutants. One solution to this is no-till farming. This alternative to conventional tillage reduces soil disturbance by creating seedbeds and planting seeds in one field pass. However, no-till equipment can be...

Success Stories: Lewis County landowners replant buffers on Lincoln Creek

Over the years, land managers have cut most of the trees and shrubs out of segments of Lincoln Creek. This is a large-scale concern for water quality in the basin. Lewis County Conservation District began working with landowners in early 2000 to restore vegetation on the banks of the creek as part of an on-going restoration effort. FINDING A COMMON PATH The solution was to get landowners to sign up for...