La Conner farm protected by County Farmland Legacy Program


September 6, 2023

Aerial view of farmland

Skagit County

FARMLAND FOREVER PRESERVED – This Ring and Lillquist Farm property's 60 acres south of La Conner has been preserved in the Skagit County Farmland Legacy Program. The Skagit River is east, Skagit Bay and Sullivan Slough are south and the Swinomish Channel to the west.

Skagit County's Farmland Legacy Program has finalized two farmland preservation projects this August, permanently protecting another 60 acres of farmland from development.

The La Conner farmland is managed by two families – the Rings and the Lillquists – each of whom are descendants of Isaac Dunlap who served as Skagit County's first County Commissioner in 1889. Together, all 60 acres are leased to Thulen Farms.

Landowner Karl Lillquist, along with his nieces, nephews and uncle, John Ring, expressed their commitment to the viability of local agriculture. "Protecting the land as farmland...

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