What We Do

With land as our lens—how we live,
work and play on it—Forterra aims
for solutions.

A decade ago Forterra launched the Agendas, nationally recognized road maps for building a sustainable region into the next century. Guided by these plans, Forterra brought about powerful, practical and positive change by conducting land transactions, stewarding land, engaging communities and conceiving and advancing forward-thinking policies. Today we continue to focus on land—from our most urban cities to our most majestic places—as a catalyst for change. We think boldly, ask ‘What if?’ and answer strategically to get results.

View of Mt, Rainier from Keechelus Ridge
Photo by Charlie Raines
  • CORRIDORS

    In a given geography, we ask how we can address the important connections between people and land, and work to revitalize all our communities—bridging the gaps between city and rural town, working lands and wild lands. The outcome of this work is the enhancement and sustainability of the lands and communities along our great natural corridors.

  • CITIES

    We use our expertise in land—negotiation, acquisition, land banking—to help communities gracefully accommodate new growth and create a high quality of life for all residents. Through our work with cities, landowners and community partners we envision new uses for land in community hubs and work with financial institutions and developers to build healthy, green mixed-use projects.

  • Voices of the Region

    Voices of the region is a two way conversation. We do what we do well—convene and listen to all sides and all parties to distill a compelling vision that achieves broad support. You do what you do well—care, consider and work for solutions.

Our Services

We use our skills and resources to further our mission:To act with immediacy to protect, enhance and steward our region’s most precious resources—its communities and its landscapes.

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.

See a map of our impact

Newsroom

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.