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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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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How Forterra works

By applying our skills and experience we help move projects forward and fundamentally shift the outcomes to secure a healthy and resilient region for all into the next century.

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Billy Frank Jr.

Billy Frank Jr. was a timeless story teller, a great communicator. Thank you Billy, for the hero you became. We hope your spirit flows with equanimity alongside your beloved Nisqually.

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Federal Way adopts plan for its first neighborhood greenway

Federal Way adopts a plan for its first neighborhood greenway to make walking and biking safer!

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Tukwila’s Community Conversation: Convening communities to build a vision

Tukwila gathers to discuss community needs and the city vision.

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Getting ready to grow at Namaste Garden

Namaste Garden, a community garden at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Tukwila, provides valuable opportunities to grow food and build community for gardeners, most of whom are recent refugees from Burma and Bhutan. Project partners Forterra, landowner St. Thomas Catholic Church, and refugee resettlement group International Rescue Committee worked together to design, fundraise, and build the garden in 2010–2011.

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Working with landowners for a more sustainable Snohomish

Forterra and Partners held workshops to promote a sustainable Snohomish County through community, agriculture and conservation.

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Making it easier to urban farm in Federal Way

Many in Federal Way don’t have easy access to good food but new local legislation and community efforts help change that.

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Ocean Shores’ award winning Complete Streets Program

Ocean Shores is working to make its streets safe for all users by adopting a Complete Streets ordinance.

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Seattle ranks in the top 10 U.S. Cities for urban forests!

American Forests announced recently that Seattle’s urban forests are among the top 10 in the nation! The American Forests report cites research produced by Forterra and the Green Cities Research Alliance. Read more here.

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The incredible impact of Forterra volunteers

Each year, thousands of volunteers bring Forterra’s mission to life. We work together to create great communities and conserve great lands across this beautiful region. Whether it’s land stewardship or building the relationships key to successful conservation and community development, we can’t do this work without the service and commitment of so many dedicated volunteers.

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