Perspectives — Blog

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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ForTERROR presents

In celebration of Halloween, learn about five spooky spots we’ve helped to protect.

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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in Green City Days

10 great reasons to get outside and volunteer with your local Green City Partnership during the Puget Sound’s Green City Days.

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Making access to healthy food a fact of life

A member of Forterra’s Policy Department, Program Manager Becca Meredith, reflects on the work Forterra has done to ensure this region’s access to healthy food, while bringing people together in the process.

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Pierce County farm tour

Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries—oh my! Forterra Regional Leader Amanda Nathan reminisces of a berry-filled childhood in Pierce County while addressing Forterra’s conservation projects working to protect farms and encourage economic prosperity in the South Sound.

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In Pierce County, a wetland provides an escape into nature

A walk through the Morse Wildlife Preserve transports you to a different world. It’s thanks to the dedicated volunteers who have worked over the past 20 years to turn this space into a community treasure.

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From illegal bridges to invasives

Once land is conserved, both natural and human forces impact the health of the land. Learn how Forterra maintains over 15,000 acres in Washington.

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Wildfires in our backyard

As the fires across Washington continue to grow, Forterra Conservation Director and former wildland firefighter, Jordan Rash, calls on us to support the communities affected by the fires.

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Washington Conservation Corps—a force to be reckoned with

With an emphasis on restoring salmon habitat, removing invasive weeds and installing native vegetation, Forterra’s WCC crew is an efficient machine capable of carrying out complex, important projects.

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How do we value nature?

White Farm is one of the largest contiguous blocks of farmland in Pierce County and borders over 210 acres of protected farmland and open space. The benefits to the community are multiple. Given its countless benefits, how can we calculate how much something like White Farm is worth?

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Calculating the carbon footprint of my summer travels

Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture Project Manager assesses the footprint of her summer adventures with Forterra’s new carbon calculator. Learn how much carbon a flight across the country or adventures into the Cascades contribute and what you can do about it.

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One opportunity to get it right

The Kitsap Forest & Bay Project has the potential to shape the future of the entire Kitsap Peninsula—the protected forestland and shoreline will serve as a backbone to a regional land and water trail system, giving residents and visitors educational and recreational opportunities throughout the peninsula.

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Breaking ground on I-90’s first wildlife overpass

The wildlife overpass project will provide safe passage to wildlife, widen the freeway to six lanes and redirect avalanches under the highway and is a milestone in both transportation and wildlife policy

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The understory of Pioneer Square’s successful redevelopment

A recount of Seed & Feed in June where we explored the evolution of our urban neighborhoods through the lens of some of Pioneer Square’s chief revivalists.

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What’s on the mind of young people?

A group of high school students met one evening at Forterra to discuss our region’s strengths, the trends that will impact the region and their vision for the region’s future.

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Call to action: support TDR and preserve SnoCo farmland

The innovative transfer of development rights program is a way to protect farmland and encourage building in more urban areas. It’s a program that works and it needs to be preserved.

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Volunteer all-stars restore our urban oases

For many people, a nearby park is an oasis of calm and a place to recharge. Yet our urban forests and open spaces are often under threat of neglect. Volunteer Forest Stewards spend their weekends working hard at a labor of love, are instrumental in keeping our urban forests healthy and vibrant.

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We are all key players in ensuring a sustainable region

Contemplate your energy use, the products in your daily life, and the waste that passes in and out of your household, and make a change.

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Lakes of blue (camas)

Blue camas is a signature plant of what has become an increasingly rare habitat in the South Sound—our native prairies.

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Small green superheroes protect our salmon

Native trees and shrubs provide shade—creating cooler areas in the water where salmon can chill during their long journeys.

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Ode to the western hemlock

Today we’re celebrating western hemlock for its great contribution to our lowland forests.

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The radiant red-flowering currant

The red-flowering currant is the siren of the understory, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to its blooms and to songbirds as flowers give way to whitish blue-black berries.

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A new community space in Neah Bay

Together with the Makah Tribe, Pomegranate Center, VIA Architecture, Caribou Construction, many amazing volunteers and funding from ArtPlace, we built a beautiful community gathering space inspired by community input and full of beautiful tribal art.

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Lively discussion at North Sound Sustainability Forum

Many people expressed a strong desire to support farming communities so they may thrive in the future while working with cities to prevent sprawl and protect the beauty and resources of the region.

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