Perspectives — Blog

Winter Weekends at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park Kicks Off

More than 50 children (and their parents) gathered at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday for art making, movie watching and some science learning. Forterra partnered with Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and Pacific Science Center for the launch of this year’s first Kid’s Saturday of Winter Weekends at the park.

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Reflections on Inauguration Day

Well friends, we have now had our 44th back-to-back peaceful transfer of power, to the 45th occupant of our Nation’s Presidential Office. We are six weeks shy of two centuries and twenty years since Washington handed the reigns to Adams. No coups, no assassinations by the opposition, no revolutions; but, yes, one immensely bloody civil war with scars still raw over 150 years later. Still, it is a remarkable history.

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Community members plant and restore local green spaces on MLK Jr. Day

Since 2007, I’ve spent MLK Day serving my community in any capacity than I can. I’ve helped restore trails with the Washington Trails Association. I’ve helped clean up a Boys and Girls Club. I’ve painted walls at a women’s shelter. This year, I wanted to join our Green Cities Partnership to learn more about their restoration efforts—and to get some work done.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum, Community and Magic

Building a sustaining community isn’t easy. Otherwise it wouldn’t be so rare. It’s takes thought, time, organic trial and error and a little of the undefinable, call it luck or even magic.

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Cedar River’s Mini Maple’s Story

This fall, Dre Anderson, our brand-new Communities Engagement Manager tromped out to the Cedar River near Renton to see firsthand the restoration work that Forterra is doing along the river. He was inspired to write this poem about a young maple sapling that he met that day.

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6 Things We Learned at the Cross Laminated Timber Forum

100 leaders from around Washington and the PNW gathered to celebrate a year of progress catalyzing a market for CLT.

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Return to the Forest, #OptOutside

This Black Friday, we’re joining our friends at REI to #OptOutside. Join us as we Return to the Forest! Grab your friends and family for a guided Bird, Bike & Hike in the Port Gamble Forest instead of hitting the stores. Bring the whole family—there is something for everyone!

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Ampersand Live 2016: Eclectic, funny and unexpectedly cathartic

Two days after the presidential election showed us how divided we are as a country, more than 700 people came together for an evening of stories, spoken word, photography, parkour and song.

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Facing a Dilemma: Seattle’s Home-Insecurity & Public Lands

Every night, more than 3,000 people in our community have no indoor place to sleep or shelter from the elements; and this number is rising. Indeed, the City counts more than 690 unauthorized encampments, many of them on public land. This use of public land may be understandable, but it cannot be acceptable. It is not a solution for anyone.

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You Meet the Nicest People

I have returned to our state’s eastside numerous times this year, drawn by an incredible, long-loved ranch.  On a Thursday evening last July I spent the afternoon with the family who has called the ranch home for over 70 years.  We ended the conversation about 7:00 in the evening. 

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Is Anyone Here a Nurse (Log)?

We here in the Pacific Northwest are very lucky to have true old-growth forests in our midst, where Douglas Firs, Western Hemlocks, and Western Red Cedars have been standing for hundreds of years.

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Brownfield to Keystone: Ellensburg’s new fire station

Ellensburg’s new fire station rose up in place of a truck weigh station that left the soil contaminated with petroleum. The endangered salmon creek that runs past it is being restored, too.

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5 Things We Took Away from “Working Forest, Changing Climate, New Investments?”

“Seed & Feed: Affordable Housing, Stretching the Possibilities” brought together voices from the affordable housing community for a discussion on the present achievements and potential of affordable housing in Seattle.

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Protecting the Northwest one chocolate cake at a time

You never quite know what to expect from your first week of work, but rarely is caramel sauce tasting a key part of your on-the-job training. I started at Forterra a little over a month ago as the digital media & graphic design manager, and I secretly think I got hired because I mentioned my love for Hot Cakes’ motto, “Be Honest. Stay True.”

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Bringing community together to get ahead of growth in Everett

About 100 city and county leaders gathered earlier this month in Everett to discuss a vision for the redevelopment and revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding Everett Station. Walking through the area today, a pedestrian passes light industry and warehouses, vacant lots, and pockets of crime and homelessness.

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GoGreen Conference Highlights

A couple of Forterrans attended Seattle’s leading conference on sustainability for business and government, the GoGreen Conference, to find out what role businesses and government can play in keeping this region sustainable and thriving for generations to come!

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5 Things We Learned About Affordable Housing

“Seed & Feed: Affordable Housing, Stretching the Possibilities” brought together voices from the affordable housing community for a discussion on the present achievements and potential of affordable housing in Seattle.

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Photographer Florian Schulz roams the wild in order to conserve it

Photographer Florian Schulz is on a mission to get us to think about the interconnectedness of our world.

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Earth Day 2016: Take a “paws” to be inspired

In this 46th year of Earth Day celebration, there has never been a more adorable, fluffy, and slobbery champion. The Conservation Canines team, based out of the University of Washington, spends a lot of time thinking outside of the box to solve complex issues.

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A BirdNote® Story: Crows can ID human faces

What happens when a UW professor wears a mask to catch and band crows? The crows remember what you look like. Listen to the BirdNote story here.

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Cultivating crops, cultivating community in Tukwila

Namaste Garden in Tukwila is doubling in size just in time for its sixth growing season. Community members and Forterra staff volunteered to help expand the garden.

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A conversation about growing food in a growing region

A family farmer, an agrihood manager and an edible yard landscaper talk food, preserving land and how raising chickens can build community at Forterra’s Seed & Feed speaker event.

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Ridge top in Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley unmasked

Just west of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a swath of land with stunning 360° views. These 20 acres atop Zorro Ridge provide uninterrupted habitat and public recreational access in the central Cascades.

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English ivy: what a creep!

Managing the spread of this invasive can be tricky since its forte is being able to spread over anything in its path: from the tall Douglas fir next to your house to your house itself!

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