Despite its beauty, the area’s unnatural construction intensifies the creek’s annual dry period, causing harm to the creek, the valley and the local ecology. In 2009, Forterra purchased 250 acres in Gold Creek Valley with grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with the purpose of protecting endangered species and habitat.
A decade-long project that has now conserved 4,000 acres for recreation, restoration, cultural heritage and habitat, the Port Gamble Forest property includes 65 miles of trails where already more than 20,000 hikers, birders, mountain bikers, equestrians, cyclists and runners recreate each year. The property is now part of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.
Windy Ridge offers 640 acres of significant ecologic value including extensive tree canopy, old-growth forest, talus slopes, meadows and alpine lakes. Protected in 2019, Windy Ridge is part of decade-plus effort by Forterra to work with communities to conserve critical areas running from the Skykomish Valley near Stevens Pass to the Salish Sea at Everett.
Forterra recognizes potential in CLT and mass timber products and is leading a broad coalition to address the diverse needs of the state’s communities: workforce and residential housing for a growing urban population, employment in rural areas and improved health in public forests through responsible sourcing.
A collaboration with community, jurisdictions, agencies, nonprofits and businesses that improved and accelerated watershed-scale stormwater runoff management actions in the Green/Duwamish watershed. Supporting and enhancing the environment, human health and the economy.
In partnership with the Roslyn Planning Advisory Team, the larger community, and other community stakeholders, Forterra is exploring how to develop a 30-acre parcel in a way that reflects Roslyn’s history and the community’s desire to live sustainably.
In 2001, Forterra, the City of Tukwila and local citizen group Friends of the Hill formed a partnership to work towards the preservation of a 10.5 acre parcel slated for industrial development. The parcel of historical, cultural and ecological significance in Tukwila.