Perspectives — Blog
At Forterra, our work spans from securing wild places and farms, to land in the city for parks and affordable housing and creating innovative policy.
Read the latest about the work we’re doing and the people and places who shape it.
Fifteen thousand years ago, the Vashon ice sheet began its melting retreat, depositing a plain of gravely outwash that underlies the prairies of South Sound. Over time the rocks broke down and organic matter accumulated, resulting in the quick-drying, nutrient-poor soil we have today. This soil defines the prairie ecosystem. It discourages all but the most nutritionally undemanding of trees and encourages a unique suite of relatively short grasses and wildflowers that can tolerate such conditions.
Tacoma civic leader Lyle Quasim and Forterra President & CEO Michelle Connor answer your questions from our recent Coffee and Conversation event on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Washington’s communities and lands.
Civic leader Lyle Quasim and Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp speak with Michelle Connor, Forterra President and CEO, about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Washington State communities and lands.
Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet and take action to keep it healthy. Each Earth Day, organizations and individuals around the world make commitments to reduce water usage, plant trees, reduce waste, and more. Our partner, Earth Day Northwest, is encouraging everyone in the region to act with resolve this year to benefit our lands and communities in the future.
Forterra’s graphic designer is creating a special series of coloring pages, inspired by favorite lessons from Forterra naturalists. Do you know your salmonids? Can you name Washington’s top five native trees? Do you know our current pick for the most amazing fish in the state? You will after you download, print, and color on our coloring pages.
Our isolation came so suddenly. First, the worrying. Then, the distancing. Our streets grew quiet. Forterra’s office building emptied. Within hours, we went from distributing sanitizers for our team to shutting down the office, prohibiting in-person meetings, and converting our April breakfast—our biggest event of the year—from an in-person gathering to an unprecedented virtual event.
As our climate warms, and our region becomes more densely populated, it is up to us to make sure that this region continues to be a livable and enjoyable place for all residents. Evergreen Carbon Capture (ECC) helps businesses and individuals do their part to address climate change. By contributing to local tree planting projects, participants balance their carbon impacts through carbon sequestration of the trees.
Forterra is working to conserve Little Skookum Inlet, 816 acres of riparian habitat, wetland and forest with two miles of marine shoreline in Mason County. Generations of Native Americans, family foresters and shellfish farmers have tended to this inlet. Protecting this place will prevent the property from being developed while protecting critical habitat for shellfish and salmon. Our project partner, Port Blakely Tree Farms, has stewarded the forest at Little Skookum for over 150 years and was just named Puget Sound Business Journal’s Family Business of the Year.
New building code changes in Washington to permit mid and high-rise mass timber buildings, allowing the state to take a huge step forward for the sustainable future of our built environment and will revolutionize the way we design, build and grow.
The health of Cedar River—and its inhabitants—has been continually threatened by knotweed, an invasive plant that overtakes riverbanks, squeezes out native species and can quickly destroy properties and ecosystems. Forterra’s successful restoration efforts aim to give salmon and orca a fighting chance.
Almost 1,900 volunteers converged to celebrate Green City Days at parks and green spaces across Puget Sound this fall. They planted more than 11,500 native plants. There are now twelve cities in the Green City Partnerships—Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Puyallup, Redmond, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tacoma, Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines—and these annual events give volunteers a wonderful opportunity to help restore their local natural areas while building community through stewardship.
Forterra officially closed on the last-remaining privately owned section of the popular Lake Serene Trail in October 2018. Thanks to massive community support, the purchase of this 190-acre property preserved the trees along the trail and guaranteed permanent public access to Lake Serene Trail’s breathtaking views, waterfalls, and reflective alpine lake—forever.