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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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Ampersand, Issue I

A Note From the Editor

Forterra is pleased to announce our new publication that focuses on people & place in the Northwest. Learn why we believe that this place is who we are.

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Ampersand, Issue I

Bluebirds and Gooseneck Barnacles

Forterra president Gene Duvernoy discusses how hiking at Snoqualmie Pass and tide pooling with his kids on the coast has enhanced his appreciation for the wild.

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Interview with Nick Hanauer

Nick Hanauer on utopia, and minimum wage jobs.

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Tiny Tieton: Mighty New West?

An example of the new Northwestern town could very well be Yakima County’s tiny Tieton, home to creative ambition that’s giving it a new life.

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10th Annual Duwamish Alive!

Forterra celebrated the 10th annual Duwamish Alive! restoration event by hosting over 180 volunteers at two sites along the Duwamish River.

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Sharing is at the Core of Density

In the second of two stories about density, writer Charles Mudede weighs in on the subject by first considering a very large mammal.

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How to City Build and Be Smart About It

Writer Knute Berger looks at the complexity of density

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River Seen

Photographer Tom Reese and artist Chandler Woodfin find inspiration from the Duwamish River in South Seattle.

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Ampersand, Issue I

An Urban Adventure: Kayaking a Superfund Site

In an essay, Carrie Hawthorne invites us onto the Duwamish River as she kayaks it for the first time.

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Blackberry and Wolf

Ever wonder how the blackberry became the plant it is today? This short Coast Salish story is told by Native American artist Roger Fernandes.

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Forces of Nature for Nature

Meet some of the women who make it easier for us to connect to the land.

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The Palouse in Me

A writer with farming in her blood, Teri Hein ponders how different and similar it was to be a kid on a farm in the 60s from today from under the night sky.

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How to ID Five Common Northwest Trees

Our illustrated guide to five of our region’s most common trees. Brush up before your next hike!

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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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Gene's corner

Hell to pay for climate change

Climate change is the biggest threat facing our region. Making our communities livable and welcoming to all will be fundamental to building the cohesion we will need to respond to that threat.

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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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Gene's corner

A live event unrehearsed and without edit

In order for our region to be sustainable, all of us need to be fully engaged. That was what happened at Ampersand Goes Totally Live – each contributor talked about sustainability from the prism of their own lives, talents and experiences.

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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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Gene's corner

A timeless story in a dash of paint

Forterra’s revamp of its regional sustainability program, has made it clear that our sustainability does not solely depend on natural systems, but equally depends on our human, social ones.

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