One Project, Four Core Values
Nearly all of the 1200 acres of the Sunny M Ranch will be held as Conservation & Community lands. The Methow Conservancy Board recently passed a Resolution designating these lands as such when we made the purchase. The Board Resolution outlined our standards for ethical practices by identifying the primary management goals for the Sunny M Ranch lands and the process that must be followed in the event a change in use or management is contemplated.
- Protect vital wildlife habitat: The area known as Powers Plunge provides important wildlife habitat. It is also an area that would have been in hot demand for high-end development.
- Preserve significant farmland: The fields along Wolf Creek and Patterson Lake are productive irrigated farmland and iconic reminders of agriculture’s role in this Valley.
- Provide housing that is affordable for people who work in the Methow Valley. The property includes land close to the Town of Winthrop that will be ideal for a small neighborhood.
- Make access to trail systems permanent: The Community Trail, the Winthrop Trail, and the Barnsley-Bitterbrush loops are essential components of our recreation-based economy.