Farmland conservation in Pierce County

Matlock Farm-12-3-14In February, Forterra and Pierce County collaborated with local farmers to complete the largest farmland conservation project in Pierce County’s history.

Lots of people benefit from conservation easements — farmers, developers (who can purchase development rights and use them in urban areas), and people who appreciate rural character and want fresh food. Fish and wildlife benefit, too.

You can learn more about conserving the 153-acre Matlock Farm from King 5 news coverage and the Pierce County press release.

While working for Pierce County, I played a small role on this farmland conservation project – writing a press release about obtaining a Floodplains by Design grant and taking a reporter and the funders on a project tour. The project tour resulted in an article about restoring floodplains to reduce flooding and provide habitat.

Exciting news! I hope to be involved in more of these partnerships.