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Voluntary Preservation of Working Lands
Thurston County's farmlands are a patchwork of large croplands, berry farms, pasturelands, livestock areas, and specialty crops interspersed among urban lands and in rural areas.
These working lands benefit our economy, the environment, and the quality of life we enjoy here in Thurston County. Yet many owners of working lands feel they must resort to selling off their property for urban development, or give up on farming altogether, because of economic challenges and the pressures of urban growth.
Thurston County is working on voluntary programs to help working-land owners stay economically viable without having to sell their land for urban uses. These programs are recommended in Thurston County's draft Working Lands Strategic Plan (external link).
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