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

From wildlands and working farms and forests, to places in the city for affordable housing, parks and the arts, we work simultaneously across all landscapes because they are interconnected. And ultimately people and lands must all thrive together.

Our Work

Washington's Sheepherders

On a warm summer morning, dozens of miles away from civilization out in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Geronimo De La Cruz sits on a tree stump and watches over a flock of sheep. Following the seasonal grazing schedules of sheep, he travels across vast swaths of land, moving hundreds of the animals throughout Eastern Washington.

Meet the Peruvian shepherds behind Washington's wool

"...the tension has really eased because the project... is meeting a lot of demands that are needed for the neighborhood."

What does inclusive change look like for the “most controversial” block in Seattle? 23rd Avenue and East Union Street have long been the epicenter of Seattle’s Central District neighborhood—and a place fraught with controversy over differing redevelopment plans. Now, an agreement to turn a portion of the block into affordable housing, neighborhood-based businesses and space for community gatherings has the neighborhood talking.

Hear the neighborhood's perspective

Let Nature Change your Mind

Lake Serene sits just south of Mount Index in the Central Cascades range, glistening high above Gold Bar at an elevation of about 2,500 feet. You can access it by hiking a steadily inclining trail through old growth evergreens, abundant fern beds and mossy undergrowth. A serene state of mind is harder to geolocate, but according to recent brain science, a walk in the woods will get you there, too.

This is your brain on nature