Perspectives — Blog

Top 7 Takeaways From Our Millennial Panel

Our all-millennial panel explored environmentalism, affordability, ambivalence towards labels and more.

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Forterra Celebrates its Current and Past AmeriCorps Members

In honor of AmeriCorps Week 2017, we are excited to celebrate the major impact that AmeriCorps and other service corps have on Forterra, Forterra’s managed lands, and many of us who work here.

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Washington’s Early-Bloomers

The official start of spring is less than a month away, which means it’s that time of year when we will start to see some petals and color popping back into our local landscapes. Find out which native flowers you can expect to see in the coming weeks throughout Washington.

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Invasive Species Awareness Week

On a basic level, most invasive species are non-native organisms (plant, animal, insect, etc.) that have been ‘introduced’ into an environment. This year, in honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, we asked the experts what their “favorite” invasive is and the gory details behind their love-hate relationship with these plants.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Author & biologist Thor Hanson

Author & biologist Thor Hanson shares a story in rhyme about Beatrice Beaver

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A Monograph to Write, My Friends

Someday I may write a monograph, which I will start by describing a trip last summer to Chickamin Lake. What a place.

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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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2016 Ampersand Live: Poet Emrys Foster

Poet Emrys Foster shares a piece entitled “Noctivagant: the Night Wanderer”

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2016 Ampersand Live: Photographer Amy Gulick

Photographer Amy Gulick’s curiosity fueled her search to figure out just why are there salmon in the trees—the answer might be “unbearable”

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2016 Ampersand Live: Poet Jourdan Imani Keith

Jourdan Imani Keith masterfully crafts poetry with storytelling. Things heat up as the battle between the children of water and the children of ice reaches a fever pitch.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Athlete Brandee Laird

Parkour athelte Brandee Laird shares a surprising story about how her athleticism made a serious difference in a stranger’s life.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Sketcher Gabriel Campanario

Gabriel Campanario uses his sketchpad to immortalize historic buildings the city has lost to development, to capture moments in time and to learn from the experiences of those he meets along the way. From angry turkeys and goats to kayaks, urban sketching turns even the mundane into an adventure.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Photographer Kevin Horan

Photographer Kevin Horan explores the way photography can give goats a human-like quality, showcasing their individual personalities.

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2016 Ampersand Live: David Schmader

David Schmader shares his 25 years of experiences in Seattle, describing the “Soul of Seattle” is what you first loved about Seattle when you came to this great ever changing City. This soul changes over time, but will continue to live on and evolve.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Tomo Nakayama

Tomo Nakayama shares his story and engages the crowd with heartfelt songs—a truly remarkable performance.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Filmmaker Jill Freidberg

Filmmaker Jill Freidberg explains a local Red Apple as more than a grocery store, but a community hub.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Artist John Grade

John Grade shares how his search for an “ordinary” tree develops into a community art project at Town Hall for Forterra’s Ampersand Live on 11/10/2016

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2016 Ampersand Live: Musician Evan Flory-Barnes

Evan Flory-Barnes expresses simultaneous resistance and openness to change in this beautifully crafted, emotionally charged, orchestral experience.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Architect Rick Mohler

Rick Mohler thinks outside of the box when it comes to neighborhood progression and change. He dares to ask what if we were to increase housing density and affordability in a way that benefits the entire neighborhood.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Performer Tracey Conway

Tracey Conway shares Brenda Peterson’s “The Secret City Life of Raccoons,” a story about the urban as well as adorable and mischievous critter.

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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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