Perspectives — Blog

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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Annual conservation district native plant sales

Bare root stock is hardy and inexpensive, so it’s a great choice for those looking to plant more native plants. Mark your calendars for the upcoming sales!

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Ampersand extra: Winter is here

Winter is Dark. Wet. Dark. Wet. This darkness matters. This wetness matters. It draws us in, pulls us into warm places. Read this illustrated ode by Nikki McClure.

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Stuff your holiday stocking AND clean your carbon conscience at the same time

Has your carbon footprint been naughty or nice? Give the gift of a clean carbon conscience with Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture program.

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Our editorial about cross-laminated timber in The Puget Sound Business Journal

Developing a cross-laminated timber pipeline in Washington is one step toward advancing our region as a leader in the movement for great cities and sustainability.

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An invitation—the mountains are calling

Millenial and PNW lover Whitney Rose is a Forterra donor because she wants to support solutions that will have a lasting impact on this region. She invites you to choose Forterra and become a donor, too.

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From opera to chocolate, dance to mushrooms, Forterra’s Ampersand Live packs Town Hall

Forterra’s second Ampersand Live showcased a diverse group of storytellers joyfully celebrating what we love about the Pacific Northwest.

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Ampersand Live in The Seattle Times

For the second year, Forterra is putting on a live edition of its biannual magazine, Ampersand, with “Ampersand Live,” a fast-moving and unrehearsed show of 16 different performances in which locals from all disciplines explore and connect the audience to their relationship with the Pacific Northwest.

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A conversation on Indigenous land rights

Northwest Tribes have unique spiritual, cultural, managerial and legal relationships to the land. Tribal leaders and activists came together at UW’s Intellectual House for a conversation that explored the history, present and future of Indigenous land rights.

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Building for a sustainable future

A building trend has taken off around the world—one that is only beginning to emerge in the U.S. The trend—using cross laminated timber building products—enables buildings to be taller than the typical six stories historically used for wood construction.

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A focus on safety in Tukwila

Over 70 community members—both young and old—representing five language groups, police officers and fire fighters participated in meaningful conversation.

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