DNR Offering 3,000-acre Agricultural Lease in Paterson’s Horse Heaven Hills

Paterson/Horse Heaven Hills

DNR is offering a long-term lease on 3,000 acres of prime agricultural land within Horse Heaven Hills AVA with secured water permits and senior water rights in-hand. Photo: DNR

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering for lease approximately 3,000 acres of agricultural land in the Paterson-Horse Heaven Hills region. All bids are due by 1 p.m., April 6, 2017. Learn more

This bid opportunity is unique for a several reasons: its large size, an atypical lease structure and the ability to tap into 3.9 acre feet of non-interruptible Columbia River water per acre.

This structure of this lease will differ from our standard agricultural leases. Most notably, we’re looking to the bid winner to construct the supply system needed to deliver water to the land. To that end, the agency will allow proposals with rental terms designed to reimburse against the winning bidder’s investment – such as a long-term lease of up to 35 years and reduced lease rates.

locationmapThe agency will select its future lessee based on a range of criteria, including the applicant’s financial capabilities and ability to perfect DNR’s water rights. Environmental considerations also will factor in, such as whether the applicant intends to grow organic crops or preserve areas of shrub-steppe as wildlife habitat.

“We know this is not a typical agricultural land lease, but we also know that access to prime irrigated farmland is valuable. We want applicants to be creative and propose what can work for them, and us,” says DNR Southeast Region Manager Todd Welker. “We’ve done a lot of work upfront. We think this approach will preserve a valuable water right, generate revenue for public beneficiaries and pencil out for someone.”

To reduce risk, DNR has already negotiated needed agreements and right-of-ways for the water supply system. We’re also providing water pipeline and pump station engineering drawings, electrical drawings and a project cost estimate, which rings in at $11 million.

Want to find out more? Check out www.Paterson2017.com, which has overhead drone footage of the available farmland, associated documents and parcel temperature data. You’ll also be able to sign up to get email updates about this unique lease offering.

If you are interested in a tour of the parcels, email Rick Roeder or Randy Niessner, or visit www.paterson2017.com

March Offerings: Irrigated Agriculture and Grazing Leases

Grazing Lease No. 10-094032 — March 8, 2017

This 10 year-lease, which will be offered at sealed-bid public auction, includes 120 acres in Spokane County.

Sealed bids must be received no later than 10:00 a.m. on March 8, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Northeast Region Office, 225 S. Silke Road, Colville, Wash., 99114. Lease documents:

For more information, contact Shawn Soliday or Suzanne Thome at 509-624-7474.

Temporary Grazing Permit No. 11-095122 — March 8, 2017

This five-year permit, which will be offered at sealed-bid public auction, includes 9,934 acres in Okanogan County.

Sealed bids must be received no later than 11:00 a.m. on March 8, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Northeast Region Office, 225 S. Silke Road, Colville, Wash., 99114. Lease documents:

For more information, contact Brian Derting or Suzanne Thome at 509-624-7474.

Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-092579 — March 9, 2017

This ten-year lease, which will be offered at sealed-bid public auction, includes 255 irrigated agriculture acres in Adams County.

Sealed bids must be received no later than 3:30 p.m. on March 9, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, Wash., 98926. Lease documents:

For more information, contact Mark Bohnet at 509-531-7418, or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912.

April Offerings: Irrigated Leases in Grant and Franklin Counties

Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79766 — April 11, 2017

This lease will be offered at sealed-bid public auction with the following lease options: a ten-year term for irrigated row crops, or a 25-year term for orchard or vineyards crops. The lease is for 155.6 irrigable acres in Grant County.

Sealed bids must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. on April 11, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. See lease documents:

For more information, contact Tim Kopf at 509-528-2894, or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912. 

Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79611 — April 11, 2017

This ten-year lease, which will be offered at a sealed-bid public auction, includes 520 irrigated agriculture acres in Franklin County.

Sealed bids must be received no later than 2:30 p.m. on April 11, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. See lease documents:

For more information, contact Ryan Cloud at 509-528-6196, or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912. 

Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79612 — April 11, 2017

This ten-year lease, which will be offered at a sealed-bid public auction, includes 439.7 irrigated agriculture acres in Franklin County.

Sealed bids must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 11, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. See lease documents:

For more information, contact Ryan Cloud at 509-528-6196, or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912.