Perspectives — Wild

From preserving pristine wilderness, to improving access to recreational opportunities and enhancing the protection of resources, we work with partners to protect our region’s natural treasures.

Hiking to Lake Serene

We arrived at the parking lot of the trailhead in the early morning hours. The air was crisp and the sky a bit overcast. It was my first time to Lake Serene and I was incredibly excited to make the 4.1 mile trek into the woods to see it with my own eyes.

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Talking and Walking in Kittitas County

Two days of conversation with leaders across Kittitas County and one day of hiking. For the last few months and particularly over two concentrated days, we met with business leaders, advocates, planners, developers, farmers, elected officials and tribal leaders; to name some. The conversations only barely scratched the surface of course—of the richness of the place and the challenges it faces.

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A Conservation Conversation

Green Everett Partnership volunteer and UW Bothell student, Candice Magbag, set to find out in her class on restoration ecology. In her final project, Candice covers the history of Forterra and her perspectives on conservation. Read her guest post and watch her video below.

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Fighting Climate Change One Tree at a Time

Over 2,000 trees were planted this year as a part of Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture program and we have a lot of people to thank for making it happen!

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Washington’s Early-Bloomers

The official start of spring is less than a month away, which means it’s that time of year when we will start to see some petals and color popping back into our local landscapes. Find out which native flowers you can expect to see in the coming weeks throughout Washington.

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Invasive Species Awareness Week

On a basic level, most invasive species are non-native organisms (plant, animal, insect, etc.) that have been ‘introduced’ into an environment. This year, in honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, we asked the experts what their “favorite” invasive is and the gory details behind their love-hate relationship with these plants.

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A Monograph to Write, My Friends

Someday I may write a monograph, which I will start by describing a trip last summer to Chickamin Lake. What a place.

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Return to the Forest, #OptOutside

This Black Friday, we’re joining our friends at REI to #OptOutside. Join us as we Return to the Forest! Grab your friends and family for a guided Bird, Bike & Hike in the Port Gamble Forest instead of hitting the stores. Bring the whole family—there is something for everyone!

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You Meet the Nicest People

I have returned to our state’s eastside numerous times this year, drawn by an incredible, long-loved ranch.  On a Thursday evening last July I spent the afternoon with the family who has called the ranch home for over 70 years.  We ended the conversation about 7:00 in the evening. 

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Is Anyone Here a Nurse (Log)?

We here in the Pacific Northwest are very lucky to have true old-growth forests in our midst, where Douglas Firs, Western Hemlocks, and Western Red Cedars have been standing for hundreds of years.

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Rogue Redux

It was like college again — which was a very long time ago indeed. Do the right thing and finish The Great Debate for my book club the following week, or float the Rogue? My answer too was much the same as 40 years ago — The Rogue, obviously.

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Photographer Florian Schulz roams the wild in order to conserve it

Photographer Florian Schulz is on a mission to get us to think about the interconnectedness of our world.

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Earth Day 2016: Take a “paws” to be inspired

In this 46th year of Earth Day celebration, there has never been a more adorable, fluffy, and slobbery champion. The Conservation Canines team, based out of the University of Washington, spends a lot of time thinking outside of the box to solve complex issues.

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A BirdNote® Story: Crows can ID human faces

What happens when a UW professor wears a mask to catch and band crows? The crows remember what you look like. Listen to the BirdNote story here.

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Ridge top in Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley unmasked

Just west of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a swath of land with stunning 360° views. These 20 acres atop Zorro Ridge provide uninterrupted habitat and public recreational access in the central Cascades.

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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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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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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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