IT ALL COMES BACK TO THE LAND.
Land Acknowledgement: We gather and live on the plains, plateaus, mountains, and coastal lands that have been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. We respect their Indigenous, Tribal and Treaty Rights while honoring their stewardship and culture today.
caring for the land
Forterra actively stewards more than 17,000 acres of diverse landscapes in 12 counties across central and western Washington. Our Lands Stewardship program manages about 50 fee-owned properties and nearly 100 Conservation Easements, each with their own unique conservation values, opportunities and challenges. While all properties are stewarded to sustain their ecological value, some require management and preservation of trail networks, historic sites, and other cultural and community assets.
Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements between a landowner and Forterra, permanently limiting uses of the land to protect its conservation values – regardless of ownership changes. Forterra staff monitor each easement annually, enforce the easement terms and provide counsel to landowners to ensure they understand their responsibilities.
Forterra’s Lands Stewardship program often partners with other organizations to steward its fee-owned properties and easements. We are fortunate to work closely with local, state, and federal agencies, land trusts, tribes, volunteer groups and boards, and other stakeholders to fulfill our mission and maintain the integrity of the lands we steward.
visiting forterra properties
Year Acquired: 2018 • Acreage: 189
Forterra acquired this property through fundraising efforts, protecting it from being logged and ensuring public access to one of the region’s most visited hiking trails
MORSE WILDLIFE PRESERVE
Year Acquired: 1995 • Acreage: 98
Established in 1995 by a donation of land from Lloyd and Maxine Morse. The 98-acre preserve is a mosaic of conifer forest, wetlands, oak savanna, and prairie.
HAZEL WOLF WETLANDS PRESERVE
Year Acquired: 1995 • Acreage: 116
Hazel Wolf Wetland’s 116 acres of wetland and forest habitat, complete with trails and viewing platform, was one of Forterra’s early and beloved projects.