What We Do

Forterra secures places—urban, rural and wild—that are keystones of a sustainable future for all.

Keystone places with a vital role in our region’s long-run livability, sustainability and equity. These include wildlands, working farms and forests, as well as places in the city for affordable housing, parks and the arts. We work simultaneously across these landscapes because they, and the people who rely on them, are interdependent.

We secure keystone lands in three ways to make sure this place we all live stays a place we all love.

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View of Mt, Rainier from Keechelus Ridge
Photo by Charlie Raines
  • ACQUIRING KEYSTONE LANDS

    As Washington State’s local land trust for nearly 30 years, we help communities harness the power of land—for good. We aren’t hampered by artificial boundaries of where a land trust “should” work because, like the land, it’s all connected. So far, Forterra has completed 400+ land deals covering more than 250,000 acres—four times the footprint of Seattle. We’ve protected giant old growth and mountaintops, saved farms from becoming subdevelopments and secured land in the heart of the city for affordable housing.

  • CARING FOR KEYSTONE LANDS

    Truly securing a place often means more than simply securing the land. It means hands-on restoration and stewardship to unlock its full potential.

  • CREATING LIVELIHOODS ON KEYSTONE LANDS

    Keeping keystone lands in food and wood production—and maintaining rural economies and ways of life—demands creativity in releasing more of their economic potential.

How we work

All of our work starts with listening, we work hard to hear the voices of the region so that what we do reflects the needs and values of those who live here.

Listening to the voices of the region

Tukwila Community Conversation on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Showalter Middle School in Tukwila, WA.

Where We Work

Forterra's work stretches from the farmland and river canyons of Yakima all the way to the estuaries and forests of Washington’s coastline.

For 25 years we’ve been bringing about powerful, practical and positive change by conducting land transactions, stewarding land, engaging communities and conceiving and advancing forward-thinking policies.

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Our approach to connecting urban, rural and wild communities

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Our Publications

We take pride in the strategic initiatives we’ve take on throughout Forterra’s history. Read those reports here.

You can find information on how we use your donations wisely and financial accountability here.