Land For Good


How we use our land creates our future.

People like you have helped create a more sustainable future for all by making it possible for us to secure more than 275,000 acres in over 450 land transactions since 1989.

The things we love about living in the Northwest depend on land—local food at the farmer’s market, parks and green spaces, neighborhood community gardens, affordable housing near transit, hiking trails to beautiful peaks and unparalleled wilderness.


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View of Mt, Rainier from Keechelus Ridge
Photo by Charlie Raines

How we work

All of our work starts with listening, we work hard to hear the voices of the region so that what we do reflects the needs and values of those who live here.

Listening to the voices of the region

Tukwila Community Conversation on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Showalter Middle School in Tukwila, WA.

    As Washington State’s local land trust for nearly 30 years, we help communities harness the power of land—for good. We aren’t hampered by artificial boundaries of where a land trust “should” work because, like the land, it’s all connected. So far, Forterra has completed 400+ land deals covering more than 250,000 acres—four times the footprint of Seattle. We’ve protected giant old growth and mountaintops, saved farms from becoming subdevelopments and secured land in the heart of the city for affordable housing.


    Truly securing a place often means more than simply securing the land. It means hands-on restoration and stewardship to unlock its full potential.


    Keeping keystone lands in food and wood production—and maintaining rural economies and ways of life—demands creativity in releasing more of their economic potential.

Where We Work

Forterra's work stretches from the farmland and river canyons of Yakima all the way to the estuaries and forests of Washington’s coastline.

For 25 years we’ve been bringing about powerful, practical and positive change by conducting land transactions, stewarding land, engaging communities and conceiving and advancing forward-thinking policies.

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Our approach to connecting urban, rural and wild communities