Forterra Lands Stewardship and Restoration

To maintain the health of all our lands requires ongoing management and care. Forterra has an ownership interest in over 15,000 acres of diverse landscapes in 12 Washington counties. Owning nearly 8,000 acres in fee, with conservation easements on another 7,300 acres, Forterra stewards the lands we care for to enhance their ecological value and make them an asset to the local community. We monitor our conservation easements annually and work with landowners to maximize conservation values while maintaining the uses permitted on the property.

Restoring the land one step at a time
Photo by Laura Marchbanks
  • Restoration events

    Lend a hand as a volunteer at a restoration event held on Forterra’s conserved lands and remove invasive plant species, plant native plants, spread mulch, do stream and trail restoration and more. You make a difference for the land and your community while having fun and connecting with friends and neighbors. No experience or tools necessary.

    Find a restoration event near you

    Youth under 18 years of age may participate either with a guardian present, or with a signed youth waiver.

    Find youth waiver here

  • Duwamish Hill Preserve

    The Duwamish Hill Preserve is a 10.5 acre parcel of historical, cultural and ecologically significant land in Tukwila. Thanks to the actions of many partners including the Friends of the Hill, Forterra and the City of Tukwila, the property was purchased in 2004 and has been in active restoration ever since.

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  • Morse Wildlife Preserve

    The Morse Wildlife Preserve was established in 1995 by a donation of land from Lloyd and Maxine Morse. Situated near the headwaters of the north fork of Muck Creek, the 98-acre preserve is a mosaic of conifer forest, wetlands, oak savanna, and prairie. Forterra and Tahoma Audubon Society jointly manage the Preserve for wildlife and education.

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  • Land stewards

    Forterra volunteer Land Stewards play a central role in the stewardship and monitoring of Forterra’s conserved lands. Trained by Forterra stewardship staff, volunteer stewards monitor properties, document threats and assist with on-the-ground restoration. They are Forterra’s eyes and ears in the field and ambassadors to neighboring communities. Are you interested?

    Contact Stu Watson by phone 206.905.6954 or email.

  • Educational programs

    We like nothing better than to share what we know with students, community groups and others interested in helping improve the health of our lands, whether through our restoration events or specific educational events on our properties —Morse Wildlife Preserve and Duwamish Hill Preserve. Our Lands as a Classroom Program also connects teachers and students with inquiry-based educational opportunities.

    Contact us to learn more

Hire Forterra to steward and restore your land

Forterra works with private landowners, local governments and non-profits to help them become more effective managers and stewards of their natural areas. Specific services include partnering with municipalities to develop volunteer-based stewardship programs for forested parklands and other green infrastructure; creating and implementing restoration and management plans; developing and delivering training programs, best management practices and forest and natural area stewardship guides and outreach publications; and convening a wide variety of stakeholders to help solve complex landscape problems.

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Related Perspectives and News

Hiking to Lake Serene

We arrived at the parking lot of the trailhead in the early morning hours. The air was crisp and the sky a bit overcast. It was my first time to Lake Serene and I was incredibly excited to make the 4.1 mile trek into the woods to see it with my own eyes.


A Conservation Conversation

Green Everett Partnership volunteer and UW Bothell student, Candice Magbag, set to find out in her class on restoration ecology. In her final project, Candice covers the history of Forterra and her perspectives on conservation. Read her guest post and watch her video below.



Hugelkultur, have you heard of it? It’s like active composting while growing plants. This approach is believed to have originated in Europe as a technique for growing plants in places with harsh climates and short growing seasons. Directly translating to “hill culture,” it’s not fully known whether the name came from the hill-like garden it creates, or because it originated in the hill-towns of Europe.


Let There Be Green!

The Pacific Northwest is known for its lush flora year round, but each spring we are again reminded of its awe-inspiring emerald qualities. This week we are singing the praises of a few of our favorite native plants in celebration of Native Plant Appreciation Week!


Everett develops park restoration plan

The City is working with Forterra’s Green Cities Program on a new plan, The Green Everett Partnership, which will provide…


Over 1,000 acres of land in restoration in Seattle

The Seattle City Council recognized the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) and 10 years of successful collaboration between Forterra and the…


Keeping Dead Man’s Pond habitat alive

Thanks to support from The Russell Family Foundation, Forterra was recently able to acquire five urban wetland acres in southwest…


Cross Laminated Timber used as new Sequim classroom installation begins

Contact: Leda Chahim Government Affairs Director Forterra 206-905-6922 (office); 206-227-1433 (cell) | SEQUIM, WA — Installation began today on…