Forterra is partnering with numerous organizations and communities on an ambitious initiative called the Great Northern Corridor, an area that stretches from Everett to Stevens Pass along Highway 2 and the old Great Northern Railway. The Skykomish Economic Development, Recreation, and Natural Resources Conservation Initiative (the “Skykomish Initiative”) focuses on a section of this Corridor stretching from the town of Sultan to Stevens Pass, with our efforts concentrated in three key areas:
- Rejuvenating the towns and economies within the Corridor, and preserving and restoring historic buildings and sites
- Transforming this spectacular region into a destination for tourists and outdoor recreationists
- Conserving wildlife habitat, wild lands, and working forest lands
Forterra, King County and the Forest Service have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on economic development, recreation and natural resource conservation in the upper Skykomish Valley. Forterra is also working with Skykomish and Index on plans to rebuild and revitalize their historic cores to provide attractive, tourism-friendly and prosperous destination towns in the heart of the Cascades. The Skykomish Initiative will act as a working model for other projects designed to serve the best interests of this region.
Join us for an insider’s look at the progress and possibility.
This series is by invitation only for Forterra’s Community & Conservation Circle members at the $2,500+ level and Forterra’s Regional Leadership Councils. Please contact Maia Barmish (email | 206-905-6927) for more information. Learn more about the Field Series here >
OPTIONAL MEETING AND DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
Seattle (TBA) or Index (TBA) – details forthcoming
Enjoy breakfast in Index, WA with a welcome from Deputy Mayor, Karen Sample. Hear how recreation, economic development and conservation come together in Index.
Tour the Town of Skykomish
See important sites such as the historic Cascadia Inn, the historical museum, the riding railroad and the school. Walk the Maloney Interpretive Trail and view the Skykomish River.
Skykomish Town Hall gathering
Meet & greet with historic Cascadia Inn owner Henry Sladek, Skykomish Mayor Tony Grider and other community members. Learn about the vision, opportunities and challenges for the Town of Skykomish’s renaissance.
Lunch at Maloney Rock
Enjoy a locally prepared lunch by Cascadia Inn and hear from Forterra’s Forest Conservation Director, Charlie Raines, about the Great Northern Corridor and Skykomish Initiative vision.
Foss River Bridge
Learn why this King County Landmark is an important conservation point of interest.
Happy hour at the Outdoor Adventure Center (optional)
Join us for a toast to what we love about this place!