In 2015, the Commissioners approved funding for 4 projects. The 2015 QWC Addition project received $14,626 towards the fee simple acquisition, and operation and maintenance, of five platted parcels within the Quimper Wildlife Corridor totaling 1.11 acres of vacant land near Winona Wetland. The parcels were identified as high conservation priority in the QWC Management Plan which was adopted by the City of Port Townsend in 2008. The match is three parcels owned by Jefferson Land Trust located adjacent to previously conserved properties. Jefferson Land Trust is the project sponsor. The Bishop Dairy Preservation project received $56,225 towards the acquisition of a conservation easement on 264 acres that comprise a historic farm and dairy. The intent of the project is to maintain single ownership of the property while preserving prime soils for agriculture, habitat for fish and wildlife, and scenic qualities along Beaver Valley and Egg and I Roads. Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and a federal grant program will provide the match. Jefferson Land Trust is the project sponsor.
The Lower Big Quilcene River Riparian Protection project received $31,440 towards the fee simple purchase of one parcel of vacant land totaling 14.16 acres along the lower Big Quilcene River to benefit Hood Canal summer chum and other fish and wildlife species. The RCO Salmon Recovery Funding Board will project the match. Operations and maintenance request is $5,925 of the total amount for annual monitoring, weed removal, replanting and stewardship. Jefferson Land Trust is the project sponsor. The Midori Farm project received $94,626 towards the acquisition of a conservation easement on 29 acres of prime soils for agriculture with pockets of mature forest. The proposed match is donation by the landowner and a cash contribution from the Jefferson Land Trust. Operations and maintenance request is $1,820 of the total amount for annual monitoring of the conservation easement provisions and noxious weed removal. Jefferson Land Trust is the project sponsor.