Larsen Secures $500,000 to Expand and Protect Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

Jun 27, 2007

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved $500,000 to protect an additional 35 acres at the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island. The funding was included in the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008, which passed the House today by a vote of 272 to 155. It will be used to acquire an easement on land surrounding the 150-year-old Ferry House at Ebey’s Landing, a project Larsen has worked to support for over two years.  Senator Murray included funding for the easement in the Senate’s Interior appropriations bill, which awaits a final vote in the Senate.

“This funding will help preserve land at the heart of Ebey’s Landing, one of Washington state’s natural and historic treasures,” said Larsen.  “I applaud Senator Murray, Representative Dicks, and the great team of local residents and leaders for their work to protect this unique community for generations to come.”

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve was set aside by Congress in 1978 to protect the “cultural landscape” of Penn Cove. The reserve is a unique part of the National Park system: most of the protected land is privately owned and protected by easements, and historic land use continues in the present day.  Prairie soils are farmed, forests harvested, and historic buildings continue to be used as homes and businesses.

“This legislation is an excellent example of how local citizens and our elected leaders can work together to protect our nation's family farming heritage and sustain a culture of stewardship,” said Mark Preiss, Reserve Manager for Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, “Thanks to Congressman Larsen for his leadership in working to secure this funding for Ebey's Landing.”