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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Washington Conservation Corps—a force to be reckoned with

With an emphasis on restoring salmon habitat, removing invasive weeds and installing native vegetation, Forterra’s WCC crew is an efficient machine capable of carrying out complex, important projects.

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How do we value nature?

White Farm is one of the largest contiguous blocks of farmland in Pierce County and borders over 210 acres of protected farmland and open space. The benefits to the community are multiple. Given its countless benefits, how can we calculate how much something like White Farm is worth?

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Primates, our mountains and state politics

Gene ruminates on how mountains broaden our perspective. They open our thinking when back at sea level doing our jobs. They make us better stewards of this place.

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Rambling around one corner of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Gene Duvernoy’s hike in Alpine Lakes Wilderness serves as a reminder of just how important the Land and Water Conservation Fund is to the wilderness areas in Washington. LWCF protects and supports some our most treasured spaces but it expires in less than 100 days.

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Calculating the carbon footprint of my summer travels

Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture Project Manager assesses the footprint of her summer adventures with Forterra’s new carbon calculator. Learn how much carbon a flight across the country or adventures into the Cascades contribute and what you can do about it.

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One opportunity to get it right

The Kitsap Forest & Bay Project has the potential to shape the future of the entire Kitsap Peninsula—the protected forestland and shoreline will serve as a backbone to a regional land and water trail system, giving residents and visitors educational and recreational opportunities throughout the peninsula.

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Breaking ground on I-90’s first wildlife overpass

The wildlife overpass project will provide safe passage to wildlife, widen the freeway to six lanes and redirect avalanches under the highway and is a milestone in both transportation and wildlife policy

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The understory of Pioneer Square’s successful redevelopment

A recount of Seed & Feed in June where we explored the evolution of our urban neighborhoods through the lens of some of Pioneer Square’s chief revivalists.

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What’s on the mind of young people?

A group of high school students met one evening at Forterra to discuss our region’s strengths, the trends that will impact the region and their vision for the region’s future.

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Call to action: support TDR and preserve SnoCo farmland

The innovative transfer of development rights program is a way to protect farmland and encourage building in more urban areas. It’s a program that works and it needs to be preserved.

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Some days are just lucky like that

A May morning with a blue sky and your garden coming on strong just has to mean good things for the rest of the day.

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Stand up #forthisplace

It’s time to stand up and be the solution—from making small day-to-day changes in how you live to being open to new ways of thinking and doing. When everyone does a little more, we can do a lot.

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Green Seattle Partnership: 2015 Game Changer

Green Seattle Partnership received Forterra’s Game Changer Award for its decade-long dedicated service to restoring Seattle’s forested parks and natural areas. To date, GSP has restored 1,000 acres; its stewards and volunteers have worked 722,500 hours and have planted 169,000 trees.

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Volunteer all-stars restore our urban oases

For many people, a nearby park is an oasis of calm and a place to recharge. Yet our urban forests and open spaces are often under threat of neglect. Volunteer Forest Stewards spend their weekends working hard at a labor of love, are instrumental in keeping our urban forests healthy and vibrant.

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Making our region sustainable and prosperous

It has been 10 years since the launch of the Cascade and Olympic Agendas, and it is time for a top-to-bottom refresh. Through a series of structured conversations, town hall meetings and crowd sourcing, we will be working toward the Next Wave of the Agendas in the spring of 2015.

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We are all key players in ensuring a sustainable region

Contemplate your energy use, the products in your daily life, and the waste that passes in and out of your household, and make a change.

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Lakes of blue (camas)

Blue camas is a signature plant of what has become an increasingly rare habitat in the South Sound—our native prairies.

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Small green superheroes protect our salmon

Native trees and shrubs provide shade—creating cooler areas in the water where salmon can chill during their long journeys.

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Ode to the western hemlock

Today we’re celebrating western hemlock for its great contribution to our lowland forests.

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The radiant red-flowering currant

The red-flowering currant is the siren of the understory, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to its blooms and to songbirds as flowers give way to whitish blue-black berries.

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A new community space in Neah Bay

Together with the Makah Tribe, Pomegranate Center, VIA Architecture, Caribou Construction, many amazing volunteers and funding from ArtPlace, we built a beautiful community gathering space inspired by community input and full of beautiful tribal art.

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Lively discussion at North Sound Sustainability Forum

Many people expressed a strong desire to support farming communities so they may thrive in the future while working with cities to prevent sprawl and protect the beauty and resources of the region.

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Native Plant Appreciation Week

Why do native plants make our hearts skip a beat? So many reasons, we’re taking a whole week to tell you about it. Our Stewardship staff pens a love letter to the plants that help us do our best work.

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Winning the battle against knotweed

After five years of restoration work on the Cedar River and its tributaries, the Stewardship in Action (SIA) program is celebrating as the riverbanks have begun to show signs of recovery.

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