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.

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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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A conversation on Indigenous land rights

Northwest Tribes have unique spiritual, cultural, managerial and legal relationships to the land. Tribal leaders and activists came together at UW’s Intellectual House for a conversation that explored the history, present and future of Indigenous land rights.

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Building for a sustainable future

A building trend has taken off around the world—one that is only beginning to emerge in the U.S. The trend—using cross laminated timber building products—enables buildings to be taller than the typical six stories historically used for wood construction.

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A focus on safety in Tukwila

Over 70 community members—both young and old—representing five language groups, police officers and fire fighters participated in meaningful conversation.

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ForTERROR presents

In celebration of Halloween, learn about five spooky spots we’ve helped to protect.

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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in Green City Days

10 great reasons to get outside and volunteer with your local Green City Partnership during the Puget Sound’s Green City Days.

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Making access to healthy food a fact of life

A member of Forterra’s Policy Department, Program Manager Becca Meredith, reflects on the work Forterra has done to ensure this region’s access to healthy food, while bringing people together in the process.

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Pierce County farm tour

Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries—oh my! Forterra Regional Leader Amanda Nathan reminisces of a berry-filled childhood in Pierce County while addressing Forterra’s conservation projects working to protect farms and encourage economic prosperity in the South Sound.

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In Pierce County, a wetland provides an escape into nature

A walk through the Morse Wildlife Preserve transports you to a different world. It’s thanks to the dedicated volunteers who have worked over the past 20 years to turn this space into a community treasure.

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From illegal bridges to invasives

Once land is conserved, both natural and human forces impact the health of the land. Learn how Forterra maintains over 15,000 acres in Washington.

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