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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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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10th Annual Duwamish Alive!

Forterra celebrated the 10th annual Duwamish Alive! restoration event by hosting over 180 volunteers at two sites along the Duwamish River.

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Matlock Farm part 3

Read about how Pierce County and Forterra partnered on a conservation easement to permanently protect prime farm land in the Puyallup River Valley, allowing for local food productions for generations to come.

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Matlock Farm part 2

Learn about the journey of family from India, with farming in their blood, who came to the U.S. searching for a legacy for future generations.

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Matlock Farm part 1

The Matlock Farm was owned and stewarded by the Matlock family for more than 60 years. Read about the Matlock brothers, and how they came to be part of the largest farm land conservation project in Pierce County history.

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Matlock Farm Series

Completed in February 2015, the conservation easement on 153 acres of land that’s been farmed for over 100 years ensures Matlock Farm will continue to be farmed for generations to come.

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1500 trees planted by stellar volunteers and partners

Several dozen volunteers and field partners planted over 1,500 trees during the past month with our Evergreen Carbon Capture program. Over their 100-year lifetime, these trees will capture over 7,500 tons of carbon.

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Conservation easements 101

Read about the development pressure that land near urban areas is facing, and how conservation easements can combat that pressure so we can maintain the health of our communities and quality of life for our residents.

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Hell to pay for climate change

Climate change is the biggest threat facing our region. Making our communities livable and welcoming to all will be fundamental to building the cohesion we will need to respond to that threat.

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Harnessing change to ensure a sustainable region

Forterra and Seattle SityClub hosted over 100 people to brainstorm ideas for making our region sustainable. Read more about the animated discussions here.

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Anthropo-what?

Is the news on climate change all doom and gloom? There may be hope if we work hard towards becoming a more resilient region. Read here about Dr. Lisa Graumlich’s presentation on the anthropocene.

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A live event unrehearsed and without edit

In order for our region to be sustainable, all of us need to be fully engaged. That was what happened at Ampersand Goes Totally Live – each contributor talked about sustainability from the prism of their own lives, talents and experiences.

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