Celebrating Conservation Efforts of Retiring Founder of Forterra
Gene Duvernoy’s life work has been protecting King County’s “island of green” for future generations.The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized Duvernoy, the retiring founder of the conservation group Forterra, declaring April 26, 2019 “Gene Duvernoy Day” in honor of his work. “The impact that Gene has had on the present and future health of the physical and social environments in the state of Washington is unmeasurable and unmistakable,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, sponsor of the recognition. “It is my privilege to honor a man who has done, and continues to do, so much to ensure the sustainability of our County and our State.”
When Duvernoy founded Forterra almost thirty years ago, it was known as the Cascade Land Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to securing land in the Pacific Northwest for a sustainable future. Since its creation, Forterra has completed 450 transactions, helping to conserve over 275,000 acres of land in Washington.