WFAPP also seeks to protect properties that support farming operations in areas of the State that support and anchor a viable agricultural economy, that benefit beginning farmers or underserved communities, and that provide multiple public benefits such as protection of wildlife habitat.
The WFAPP program will either fund the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements or fee simple acquisition of properties. The majority of projects receiving WFAPP funding will be the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements that extinguish development and subdivision rights on protected farmland and restrict other uses and alterations that could threaten the continued agricultural use of the land.
Non-farmland portions of a farm property may be included in a WFAPP proposal and protected by the agricultural easement. These may include woodlots, wetlands, riparian areas, and farmsteads. If these areas contribute to the overall viability of the farm by providing additional income streams from activities such as a farm stand, timber harvesting, maple sugaring, or agritourism, the project proposal should identify these activities.