Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland

Mission
Preserve Skagit Valley as a working agricultural region and landscape by protecting farmland through acquisition of permanent property restrictions and by promoting and supporting farming as an economically viable way of life.

Ensure that Skagit farming remains a permanent part of the region's identity for the benefit of: Local farmers and residents whose livelihoods depend on the land; Puget Sound citizens and visitors who enjoy the natural beauty of a pastoral landscape; waterfowl, raptors, salmon, and other wildlife that depend on the managed farm landscape as habitat.

To assure the long-term protection of this regional asset, SPF operates as a land trust, as an advocate for farmland protection, and as an education and community-building organization.

As a Land Trust, SPF's vision is to permanently secure the critical mass of farmland in the Valley. The most cost-effective way to protect farmland is to acquire rights for development (by purchase or donation) from willing landowners before they become too expensive. These "conservation easements" restrict use of the land for farming, in perpetuity. In 1997, SPF accepted easements on several key set purchase development rights from guidelines for the county's use of funds to farmland parcels (140 acres total), helped farmland, and helpe educate farmers about important estate and tax-law changes.


Contact Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland

Allen Rozema
Executive Director
414A Snoqualmie Street
P.O. Box 2405
Mount Vernon, Washington  98273
Phone: (360) 336-3974
Fax: (360)-336-9269


 

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