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: 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...

Success Stories: Pend Oreille Conservation District helps restore bull trout habitat

Cedar Creek in northeast Washington was historically accessed by bull trout—a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act—for spawning and rearing. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) designated Cedar Creek as “Critical Habitat” for bull trout and called for the removal of barriers from the creek’s confluence with the Pend Oreille River to its head waters. The barriers not only hindered bull...