Perspectives — Blog

Ridge top in Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley unmasked

Just west of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a swath of land with stunning 360° views. These 20 acres atop Zorro Ridge provide uninterrupted habitat and public recreational access in the central Cascades.

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A conversation with Seattle Metro Chamber President Maud Daudon

Gene sits down with the Seattle Chamber president to talk leadership and the connection between business and sustainability.

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English ivy: what a creep!

Managing the spread of this invasive can be tricky since its forte is being able to spread over anything in its path: from the tall Douglas fir next to your house to your house itself!

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Robust blackberry bullies

With its tall, arching, sharply-thorned stems creating a dense thicket, this robust bully shades out the forest floor and the banks of rivers and streams.

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Yellow archangel: the devil’s in the details

Popular in ornamental gardens and hanging baskets yellow archangel escapes easily and spreads quickly. Learn more how to control this invasive species.

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A knotty problem around the world

Bohemian knotweed wreaks havoc on our precious salmon habitat. Learn more about this invasive plant to the Pacific Northwest as part of our Invasive Species Awareness Week series.

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Spread love not invasives

Our stellar team is taking advantage of Invasive Species Awareness Week to highlight some notorious species that are doing a number on our local ecosystems here in the Pacific Northwest. To kick off the week, we thought we’d start with a little IS101.

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A new chapter for Wayne

Forterra’s purchase of Wayne Golf Course tees up the 89-acre property for permanent protection as parkland—creating a huge new green space in the middle of our crowded metropolis. But we financed its purchase with a loan and we have limited time to pay it back.

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Op-Ed in the Seattle Times

In a Seattle Times op-ed, Forterra’s president Gene Duvernoy shares findings from recent polling we’ve done on attitudes toward growth in the Pacific Northwest.

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Make love not waste

This Valentine’s Day, show your love by mitigating your Valentine’s carbon footprint. We’ll then plant trees locally in honor of your Valentine. It’s a win-win—your sweetheart and the planet will thank you!

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Saving a farm from development in Arlington

Learn how Forterra purchased Riverbend Farm to return a subdivision to farming. Meet the third generation farmer who will purchase the property.

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Ampersand Live 2015: The KUOW podcast

The KUOW podcast that let’s you relive Forterra’s Ampersand Live 2015 stage show.

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A tribute to Frank Pritchard

I spend my days with some of the very best people in the region who are driven to make our place all it can be. Frank Pritchard was one of these great PNW citizens. Frank was a founding board member of Forterra, back when we called ourselves the Seattle-King County Land Trust.

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Thirteen days in Korea

Gene’s recent visit to Korea highlighted similarities and contrasts between Korea and Washington state. But prevalent in both is progressive thinking by people deeply committed to resolving problems.

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Cedar River: holding strong

As knotweed is removed along the Cedar River, butterfly bush is on the rise. Learn how volunteers play an important role in fighting these weeds and improving the river’s health.

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Annual conservation district native plant sales

Bare root stock is hardy and inexpensive, so it’s a great choice for those looking to plant more native plants. Mark your calendars for the upcoming sales!

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Ampersand extra: Winter is here

Winter is Dark. Wet. Dark. Wet. This darkness matters. This wetness matters. It draws us in, pulls us into warm places. Read this illustrated ode by Nikki McClure.

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Remembering Doug Walker

Leading the way was how Doug hiked the mountains and lived his life. It is tragic that it now is also the way it ended a few days ago. Our friend and board member Doug Walker died December 31st while hiking in the Cascade Mountains.

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Stuff your holiday stocking AND clean your carbon conscience at the same time

Has your carbon footprint been naughty or nice? Give the gift of a clean carbon conscience with Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture program.

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Our editorial about cross-laminated timber in The Puget Sound Business Journal

Developing a cross-laminated timber pipeline in Washington is one step toward advancing our region as a leader in the movement for great cities and sustainability.

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An invitation—the mountains are calling

Millenial and PNW lover Whitney Rose is a Forterra donor because she wants to support solutions that will have a lasting impact on this region. She invites you to choose Forterra and become a donor, too.

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Old and new

Cross laminated timber, when harvested right, can help reduce the fuel load that feeds devastating forest fires, offer a new source of jobs for our rural towns and provide a carbon-friendly, efficient building material for our large cities.

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From opera to chocolate, dance to mushrooms, Forterra’s Ampersand Live packs Town Hall

Forterra’s second Ampersand Live showcased a diverse group of storytellers joyfully celebrating what we love about the Pacific Northwest.

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Ampersand Live in The Seattle Times

For the second year, Forterra is putting on a live edition of its biannual magazine, Ampersand, with “Ampersand Live,” a fast-moving and unrehearsed show of 16 different performances in which locals from all disciplines explore and connect the audience to their relationship with the Pacific Northwest.

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