Perspectives — Blog

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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Robust blackberry bullies

With its tall, arching, sharply-thorned stems creating a dense thicket, this robust bully shades out the forest floor and the banks of rivers and streams.

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Yellow archangel: the devil’s in the details

Popular in ornamental gardens and hanging baskets yellow archangel escapes easily and spreads quickly. Learn more how to control this invasive species.

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A knotty problem around the world

Bohemian knotweed wreaks havoc on our precious salmon habitat. Learn more about this invasive plant to the Pacific Northwest as part of our Invasive Species Awareness Week series.

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Spread love not invasives

Our stellar team is taking advantage of Invasive Species Awareness Week to highlight some notorious species that are doing a number on our local ecosystems here in the Pacific Northwest. To kick off the week, we thought we’d start with a little IS101.

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A new chapter for Wayne

Forterra’s purchase of Wayne Golf Course tees up the 89-acre property for permanent protection as parkland—creating a huge new green space in the middle of our crowded metropolis. But we financed its purchase with a loan and we have limited time to pay it back.

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Make love not waste

This Valentine’s Day, show your love by mitigating your Valentine’s carbon footprint. We’ll then plant trees locally in honor of your Valentine. It’s a win-win—your sweetheart and the planet will thank you!

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Saving a farm from development in Arlington

Learn how Forterra purchased Riverbend Farm to return a subdivision to farming. Meet the third generation farmer who will purchase the property.

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Ampersand Live 2015: The KUOW podcast

The KUOW podcast that let’s you relive Forterra’s Ampersand Live 2015 stage show.

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Cedar River: holding strong

As knotweed is removed along the Cedar River, butterfly bush is on the rise. Learn how volunteers play an important role in fighting these weeds and improving the river’s health.

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