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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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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Ampersand live

Twenty four people on stage. Hundreds of people in the crowd. Unrehearsed. Unedited. Thoughtful, edgy, funny, political, corny, scientific, and emotional. STORIES. The first Ampersand Goes Totally Live.

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Our first Ampersand Live stage show

An eclectic mix of artists, journalists and activists celebrated people and place at Town Hall in Seattle on Nov 6, 2014. Armchair travel through the Pacific Northwest during two hours of thoughtful, edgy, funny, political, corny, scientific and emotional storytelling at this unrehearsed event.

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5 planting tips from a restoration pro

Learn great tips for planting trees, shrubs and native plants along with other restoration tips for the Pacific Northwest. Read more here.

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Thousands of trees planted to mitigate carbon

Evergreen Carbon Capture, previously known as C3, is the only carbon mitigation program in the western Washington region. We offer a great local solution for businesses to take their ecological responsibility further. Read more about the program here.

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Next Wave roundup

What do you do to keep our region sustainable? Check out our Next Wave Roundup to learn popular ways people are choosing to make a difference.

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A timeless story in a dash of paint

Forterra’s revamp of its regional sustainability program, has made it clear that our sustainability does not solely depend on natural systems, but equally depends on our human, social ones.

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Skykomish River Valley

Stretching from Everett to Stevens Pass, the Great Northern Corridor focuses energy to protect landscapes for recreational access, wildlife habitat, wild lands, working forestland, and scenic views.

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Innovation, resource use and cities

Innovation and cities are joined by a constant positive feedback loop – each advances the other.

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TGIF Northwest-style

A Friday afternoon beach party at Little Skookum Inlet and conversation centered around the changes and challenges of our rural towns and communities.

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What matters to you about this region?

What matters to you about this region? See the answers here.

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This place is who we are

Together, this place is who we are and together we can make it all it can be.

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Rafting the Rogue

A journey along the Rogue River highlights the need for all people to be able to have opportunities to get outdoors.

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You don’t pick your ancestors

Sustainability requires a clear understanding of the current world and the direction we need to head.

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Next Wave

Taking a clear eyed look at the state of our region and charting what we can do together to make it sustainable and prosperous well into the next century.

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Reflections on a visit by Bill McKibben

Nothing matters until our voices on human-induced climate change are heard. We need advocates who make noise to activate people to take a stand and to stand up, and advocates who shift outcomes and demonstrate what change looks like.

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