Voices of the Region

We support great ideas from wherever they come and don’t settle for ‘us’ and ‘them’ paradigms.

Ensuring what we most value in our corner of the world will be here for future generations is a big challenge requiring the best from us all. Voices of the region is a two way conversation. Your thoughts and hopes inform our work and we share back what we hear, what we learn and what we’re doing for this place. We use our convening skills to bring all voices to the table. And we stir the pot and get people talking across dinner tables, over online conversations, in the pages of Ampersand and on social media. Join the exchange—there’s wisdom and purpose and strength in numbers.

Tukwila Community Conversation at Showalter Middle School in Tukwila, WA
Photo by Danny Ngan
  • Perspectives

    Our online space for sharing ideas and inspiring actions. We invite all thinkers and doers, writers and artists, creators and implementers to challenge us, engage us, inform us with words and images and sounds. We’re there, too. But we don’t want to just hear ourselves talking—learn how to contribute your voice.

    Perspectives

  • Ampersand

    Ampersand, the magazine, and Ampersand Live, the event, allow you to armchair travel through Washington and see how people and place matter—from our wildest lands to our densest communities.

    Ampersand

  • Seed & Feed: Forterra speaker series

    Our quarterly speaker series takes big issues impacting the whole planet as well as regional issues we can’t ignore, and dissects them through the lens of our shared love for this place.

    Learn more about Seed & Feed

  • Dinner table talks

    What happens when you bring people together, break bread, sip wine and ask what their hopes are for this place? Good conversation. And a reminder that we share a lot in common. Across dinner tables throughout the region we are hearing variations on the same theme: it’s time we raise the bar on protecting our home and nurturing our quality of life.

    Learn more about the talks and read the latest Report from the Region’s Dinner Tables.

  • Community forums

    Forterra hosts community forums—gatherings of deep thinking and big visioning. We want to hear what’s on your mind and to capture the best ideas for how we can harness change for good.

     

     

  • Rain or Shine: A Forterra Field Series

    Forterra invites our closest friends to a day in the field exploring projects transforming this region and keeping it special for generations to come. We’ll take you places near and far, urban and rural, wild and working to share the breadth and scope of our completed, active and future projects.

    Learn more about Rain or Shine

  • Social media

    Tapping into the power of this ready made network, we seek to energize a dialogue about this place, how we are all in this together, and that what we do, from the small things to the big things, matters.

    Our latest social campaign

  • Values research and speaking about growth

    We used results from our 2015 values research study to develop a communications guide in support with others working to sustain this region. By collectively speaking with a stronger common voice we believe we can amplify our impact. View the guide as well as the slides from the research findings presentation.

    Using our values research findings

  • Advocacy

    We select projects where we can be a unique change agent and generate public and elected leader support for policies that help us advance a livable, resilient region.

    Join Forterra in standing up for this place.

This place is who we are. It connects us to our past. It tells our story. We depend on the land. And it's up to us to take care of it.
Phil Rigdon, Director of Natural Resources, Yakima Nation

Related Perspectives and News

Forterra Statement on Confrontations at 23rd and Union

Forterra is committed to securing places that are keystones of a sustainable, equitable future in our region—from wildlands, to working farms and forests, to places in our cities for affordable housing, parks and cultural centers.

Continue

2017 Forterra Annual Breakfast

The Forterra Annual Breakfast once again brought together an amazing community of diverse, talented people. And we know that it takes all of us to secure the future we want for this region—from conserving lands and stewarding them, to seeding livelihoods for all.

Continue

Top 7 Takeaways From Our Millennial Panel

Our all-millennial panel explored environmentalism, affordability, ambivalence towards labels and more.

Continue

A Seattle couple is awed by an emotional Ampersand Live

Bob and Sue Mecklenburg were so moved by our stage show, they wrote about it to their friends and family. Read their words here.

Continue

Momentum grows for Kitsap Forest effort

North Kitsap Heritage Park has nearly doubled in size thanks to a 366-acre purchase by Kitsap County. Following on the…

Continue

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres…

Continue

Ampersand Live: The KUOW podcast

Ampersand magazine recently hosted an evening of storytelling, poetry and entertainment inspired by our sense of place here in the…

Continue

535 acres of Port Gamble Bay protected with community benefit

Kitsap County has purchased 535 acres of forestland and 1.5 miles of shoreline on Port Gamble Bay for permanent conservation.…

Continue