Perspectives — Blog

Matlock Farm part 2

Learn about the journey of family from India, with farming in their blood, who came to the U.S. searching for a legacy for future generations.

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Matlock Farm part 1

The Matlock Farm was owned and stewarded by the Matlock family for more than 60 years. Read about the Matlock brothers, and how they came to be part of the largest farm land conservation project in Pierce County history.

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Matlock Farm Series

Completed in February 2015, the conservation easement on 153 acres of land that’s been farmed for over 100 years ensures Matlock Farm will continue to be farmed for generations to come.

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1500 trees planted by stellar volunteers and partners

Several dozen volunteers and field partners planted over 1,500 trees during the past month with our Evergreen Carbon Capture program. Over their 100-year lifetime, these trees will capture over 7,500 tons of carbon.

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Conservation easements 101

Read about the development pressure that land near urban areas is facing, and how conservation easements can combat that pressure so we can maintain the health of our communities and quality of life for our residents.

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Harnessing change to ensure a sustainable region

Forterra and Seattle SityClub hosted over 100 people to brainstorm ideas for making our region sustainable. Read more about the animated discussions here.

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Anthropo-what?

Is the news on climate change all doom and gloom? There may be hope if we work hard towards becoming a more resilient region. Read here about Dr. Lisa Graumlich’s presentation on the anthropocene.

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Ampersand live

Twenty four people on stage. Hundreds of people in the crowd. Unrehearsed. Unedited. Thoughtful, edgy, funny, political, corny, scientific, and emotional. STORIES. The first Ampersand Goes Totally Live.

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5 planting tips from a restoration pro

Learn great tips for planting trees, shrubs and native plants along with other restoration tips for the Pacific Northwest. Read more here.

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Thousands of trees planted to mitigate carbon

Evergreen Carbon Capture, previously known as C3, is the only carbon mitigation program in the western Washington region. We offer a great local solution for businesses to take their ecological responsibility further. Read more about the program here.

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Next Wave roundup

What do you do to keep our region sustainable? Check out our Next Wave Roundup to learn popular ways people are choosing to make a difference.

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Skykomish River Valley

Stretching from Everett to Stevens Pass, the Great Northern Corridor focuses energy to protect landscapes for recreational access, wildlife habitat, wild lands, working forestland, and scenic views.

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Innovation, resource use and cities

Innovation and cities are joined by a constant positive feedback loop – each advances the other.

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TGIF Northwest-style

A Friday afternoon beach party at Little Skookum Inlet and conversation centered around the changes and challenges of our rural towns and communities.

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What matters to you about this region?

What matters to you about this region? See the answers here.

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This place is who we are

Together, this place is who we are and together we can make it all it can be.

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Next Wave

Taking a clear eyed look at the state of our region and charting what we can do together to make it sustainable and prosperous well into the next century.

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Federal Way adopts plan for its first neighborhood greenway

Federal Way adopts a plan for its first neighborhood greenway to make walking and biking safer!

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Tukwila’s Community Conversation: Convening communities to build a vision

Tukwila gathers to discuss community needs and the city vision.

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Getting ready to grow at Namaste Garden

Namaste Garden, a community garden at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Tukwila, provides valuable opportunities to grow food and build community for gardeners, most of whom are recent refugees from Burma and Bhutan. Project partners Forterra, landowner St. Thomas Catholic Church, and refugee resettlement group International Rescue Committee worked together to design, fundraise, and build the garden in 2010–2011.

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Working with landowners for a more sustainable Snohomish

Forterra and Partners held workshops to promote a sustainable Snohomish County through community, agriculture and conservation.

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Making it easier to urban farm in Federal Way

Many in Federal Way don’t have easy access to good food but new local legislation and community efforts help change that.

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Ocean Shores’ award winning Complete Streets Program

Ocean Shores is working to make its streets safe for all users by adopting a Complete Streets ordinance.

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Seattle ranks in the top 10 U.S. Cities for urban forests!

American Forests announced recently that Seattle’s urban forests are among the top 10 in the nation! The American Forests report cites research produced by Forterra and the Green Cities Research Alliance. Read more here.

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