A Note From the Editor

Announcing our new publication that focuses on people & place in the Northwest

Reflection Lake reflecting iconic Mount Rainier.
Photo by Glenn Nelson
This place is who we are. It connects us to our past. It tells our story. We depend on the land. And it's our responsibility to take care of it.
Phil Rigdon, Director of Natural Resources, Yakama Nation

Forterra believes in these words. And in working up a theme for this inaugural issue, we kept coming back to them. This place is who we are. We hope these stories allow you to armchair travel through our Pacific Northwest and see how this place matters—from our wildest lands to our densest communities.

Florangela Davila

Why the Ampersand?

It’s Forterra’s nod that all things are inherently interdependent. Whether it’s eco and social systems, natural and working lands or community and conservation, we’ve come to depend on the ampersand to tell our story—symbolically & functionally (there we go again). The ampersand binds the two key reasons Forterra exists—people & place.

Shooting the cover of Ampersand Magazine at Hum Creative
Photo by Carrie Hawthorne