• Ferry House from across the Prairie

    Ebey's Landing

    National Historical Reserve Washington

Farm Exchange Project

Materials Now Available

Project Summary
The National Park Service and the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve are pleased to announce the Farm Exchange Project. The intention of the Farm Exchange Project is to return approximately 305 acres of National Park Service owned farm land to private ownership with appropriate easement protections in place, through an exchange for conservation easements on unprotected private lands within the Reserve.

Through this project the National Park Service and the Trust Board hope to protect hundreds of acres of prime farm land and open space through conservation easements, while promoting local ownership of legacy farms.

Project Summary Background
Exchange Timeline and Key Dates

Appraisal of NPS Farm Exchange Properties
The appraisal reflects preliminary estimates of values for the farm exchange properties. Completing this preliminary estimate appraisal was a necessary step to allow NPS to begin the farm exchange process. A full appraisal will be conducted on both the offered properties and the NPS exchange properties, together and in full coordination with the selected Farm Exchange partner(s). The appraisals on the offered property and the NPS exchange property will be paid for by NPS. Closing costs for the selected Farm Exchange partner(s) will be paid for by the NPS, to complete the exchange.

Farm II
Farm I
Highway North
Highway South
Terry Road


Project Goals
* Preserve farm land and open space within Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve consistent with General Management Plan and enabling legislation.
* Return National Park Service owned land to private ownership with conservation easement protections in place.

Park Management Documents
General Management Plan
Long Range Interpretive Plan
Ebey's Land Priorities

Farm II Reuble Farmstead Parcel
Updated Scenic Easement Map
Cover
Farm Exchange Parcel Packets
Vicinity Aerial
Brochure
Air Photo
Appraisal
Soils
Air Photo 2009
Building Envelope
Building Improvements
Gillespie House photo
Loafing and Reuble Barns photo
List of Structures
Scenic Easement
Ebey's Land Protection Priorities

Farm I Parcel
Updated Scenic Easement Map
Cover Page
Farm Exchange Parcel Packets
Vicinity Aerial
Brochure
Aerial
Appraisal
Soils
Aerial Building Envelope
Improvements Sketch
Building Improvements, May 2011
List of Improvements
Photo Rockwell House
Photo Office
Photo Shop/Machine Shed
Photo Milk Complex
Photo Old Milk Parlor
Photo Leaf Shed #1
Photo Leaf Shed #2
Photo Leaf Shed #3
Scenic Easement
Building Envelope
Ebey's Land Protection Priorities

Highway North Parcel
Updated Scenic Easement Map
Cover
Farm Exchange Parcel Packets
Vicinity Aerial
Brochure
Aerial
Appraisals, May 2011
Soils
Scenic Easements
Ebeys Land Protection Priorities

Highway South and South Main Street Parcel
Updated Scenic Easement Map
Cover
Farm Exchange Parcel Packets
Vicinity Aerial
Brochure
Aerial
Appraisals May 2011
Soils
Scenic Easement
Ebey's Land Protections Priorities

Terry Road Parcel
Updated Scenic Easement Map
Cover
Farm Exchange Parcel Packets
Vicinity Aerial
Brochure
Air Photo
Appraisals
Soils
Scenic Easement
Ebey's Land Protection Priorities

Third Party Facilitation Scenarios
Examples of possible creative ways for a third party to become involved in the exchange process for NPS Farm Properties.
Farm Exchange Project scenario #1 Simple
Farm Exchange Project scenario #2 Complex

Questions and Answers:

Q:The maps of Protection Priorities and Status in the appraisals omit the rankings of those properties (highest to lowest) within the Reserve boundaries.Is this information available to interested parties?

A: This link land protection priority map identifies the Reserve's Land Protection priorities in high, medium and low rankings.The Land Protection Map in the parcel packets identifies these properties as Priorities for the Farm Exchange Project.The Land Protection Priority (Section 3.B.) is worth 0-10 possible points.

Q:Can someone who doesn't own property within the Reserve participate in the exchange for the NPS properties?

A:Yes, a third party with cash but no land, could purchase an easement interest from a property owner within the Reserve and exchange that interest for a fee interest in one or more of the NPS owned properties.

Q:The word "exchange" keeps coming up in the info. Is the property sale intended only for local land owners who can swap the development rights of other land in the area? As an outsider, could I still put in an application, but offer no other land into the reserve?

A:It is completely acceptable for a third party to come forward with a proposal to purchase a Conservation Easement on one or more of the Land Protection Priorities shown in red on the Land Protection Map. And then trade (exchange) that Conservation Easement for one or more of the available NPS Farm Exchange Parcels.

Q:What will NPS do if they do not receive any viable offers for the exchange properties?

A:The NPS is committed to the disposal of the farm properties and their return to private ownership -- preferably through an exchange that protects other agricultural lands in the Reserve.In the event NPS does not receive a viable offer or offers through the exchange process, the NPS will consider other forms of disposal including the sale of the properties through a public auction."

Q:Can you provide price by NPS paid for these properties in 2000?

A:
Farm 1:$1,400,000
Highway South/Main Street:$300,000
Highway North:$100,000
Terry Road:$60,000
Farm 2: $500,000

Q:Are the comps used for the appraisal available to the public?

A:The appraisal report for the NPS Farm Exchange Properties is now available on the website.The report includes comparables.Click on Appraisal of NPS Farm Exchange Properties on Farm Exchange page.

Q:Upon review of the information in the farm exchange I find the valuation method a little questionable based on USPAP. At what point will those interested be able to view the comparables used to come up with the value of the Farm exchange land for the appraisal?

A:The appraisal report for the NPS Farm Exchange Properties is now available on the website.The report include comparables.Click on Appraisal of NPS Farm Exchange Properties on Farm Exchange page.

Q: How do I find out which land owners on the Land Protection Priorities list are willing to sell their easements?

A: Contact the Whidbey Camano Land Trust(360-222-3310) or a Coupeville Realtor .

Q: How do I find out how much easements cost?

A: Suggest Land Trust or Realtors. Conservation Easements can run 50 to 75 per cent of appraised property value.

Q: Each Farm exchange property has an assessed value; do I need to propose buying easements equal to the amount stated on the assessment?

A: It does not have to be exact, but as close as reasonably possible.

Q: Who are the members of the team evaluating the proposals?

A: Tami DeGrosky, Superintendent, Nez Perce National Historical Park
Hank Florence, Historical Architect, National Park Service and member of the Ebey's Trust Board
Joe Hillers, Professor Emeritus, Washington State University,
Ivan Miller, Retired Superintendent National Park Service, and former chair of the Board of Directors for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust
Rick Wagner, Reality Officer, Columbia Cascades Lands Program Office, National Park Service

Q: Can you proivde a list of the final applicants?

A:

We were pleased to receive 9 applications, representing a wide-range of creative and meaningful proposals. The selected preferred exchange partner is R&H Properties, Walden Farms LLC. We are consulting with R&H Properties before releasing their proposal for proprietary and personal information purposes.

We received applications from:
Bishop Estate
Ebey Road Farm, Inc.
Thomas L. Eggerman, M. Irene Eggerman, Stephen Eggerman
Fran Einterz, and Joyce Peterson
Ron and Shelly Muzzall
Pickard Family LLC
Steve Byler
Arnold Monroe Penn Cove Cooperating Landowners

More Information: e-mail us.

 

Farm Exchange Questions

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