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.
Residents of Hilltop, Tacoma, know what they want—attainable homes, space for Black-owned businesses, and a voice in the future of their neighborhood. Forterra is listening.
We got to talking about walking in the time of COVID with Forterra’s longtime senior director of forest conservation.
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.