OFP – Agricultural Easements

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC), the agency that administers the Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP), identifies agricultural conservation easements as a tool to assist in farmland preservation and advance conservation with willing landowners.

How it works

The SCC Agricultural Conservation Easement Policy outlines the process by which the SCC may partner with conservation districts to seek or support proposals that fund agricultural conservation easements.

If your conservation district would like the SCC to sponsor a proposal to preserve working agricultural land, please complete this Agricultural Conservation Easement Intake Form (excel). SCC staff will review your form and determine if the project aligns with agency farmland preservation goals and outcomes.

View a summary of agricultural conservation easement projects sponsored by the SCC Office of Farmland Preservation in 2017.

What are agricultural conservation easements? 
  • Agricultural conservation easements are voluntary agreements that give landowners the option to sell their right to develop their agricultural property to another entity, such as a conservation district or land trust.
  • The agreement adds a permanent restriction on development and subdivision to the property title, and it provides a plan to protect the conservation values of the land.
  • Landowners are paid the portion of the property value that the development right represents and retain all other property rights.
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