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EDITORIAL: Krueger Farm lucky or smart
Friends of Krueger Farm found themselves alone in requesting some $250,000 from the Island County Conservation Futures Fund. When the government is handing out money, theres usually more than one willing taker.
This probably wasnt a matter of luck, but rather of smart politicking by supporters of the old farmland within the Coupeville city limits. Timing is crucial to raise the $1.46 million to save the 26 acres of grasslands and forest, as a deadline exists for its acquisition. Supporters of other projects no doubt were shown the necessity of quick action on this proposal and agreed to wait another year.
Friends of Krueger Farm has shown through a number of successful fund-raising efforts that theyre not depending on tax money alone to save the farm. This should create a warm spot in the hearts of the Island County commissioners.
Theres a long process to be followed, but when its done Krueger Farm should receive every penny of the Conservation Futures money available. At this moment theres no more worthy project in Island County, as the number of applicants for the funding proves.