Perspectives

Ampersand, Issue IV

What does spring smell like?

An artist, a ballplayer, a chef and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior weigh in on the sensorial power of the season.

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Ampersand, Issue IV

Nature poems by SAL’s Writers in the Schools poets

A selection of poems about our natural world by students in Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program.

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Gene's corner, Urban

A conversation with Bothell Mayor Andy Rheaume

Gene sits down with hometown Bothell kid-turned-mayor Andy Rheaume to find out how he really feels about growth in his city.

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Issue IV

About the cover

Animator and illustrator Drew Christie has a thing for plants. He drew our remarkable Ampersand Issue 4 cover.

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Blog

2016 Forterra Annual Breakfast Videos

The Forterra Annual Breakfast brought together an amazing community of diverse, talented people. Our speakers reminded us that sustainability isn’t a magical end-state that the region will someday reach. It’s a process, a constant effort to simultaneously save, reimagine and create the region we aspire to live in and to leave for future generations. Life in this special place is always in flux; today we face challenges of rapid population growth, climate change, equity and more.

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Blog, Wild

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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Blog, Rural, Urban, Wild

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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Blog, Urban, Wild

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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Blog, Rural, Urban

Cultivating crops, cultivating community in Tukwila

Namaste Garden in Tukwila is doubling in size just in time for its sixth growing season. Community members and Forterra staff volunteered to help expand the garden.

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Blog, Rural, Urban

A conversation about growing food in a growing region

A family farmer, an agrihood manager and an edible yard landscaper talk food, preserving land and how raising chickens can build community at Forterra’s Seed & Feed speaker event.

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Blog, Wild

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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Gene's corner

A conversation with Seattle Metro Chamber President Maud Daudon

Gene sits down with the Seattle Chamber president to talk leadership and the connection between business and sustainability.

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Blog

English ivy: what a creep!

Managing the spread of this invasive can be tricky since its forte is being able to spread over anything in its path: from the tall Douglas fir next to your house to your house itself!

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Blog

Robust blackberry bullies

With its tall, arching, sharply-thorned stems creating a dense thicket, this robust bully shades out the forest floor and the banks of rivers and streams.

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Blog

Yellow archangel: the devil’s in the details

Popular in ornamental gardens and hanging baskets yellow archangel escapes easily and spreads quickly. Learn more how to control this invasive species.

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Blog

A knotty problem around the world

Bohemian knotweed wreaks havoc on our precious salmon habitat. Learn more about this invasive plant to the Pacific Northwest as part of our Invasive Species Awareness Week series.

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Spread love not invasives

Our stellar team is taking advantage of Invasive Species Awareness Week to highlight some notorious species that are doing a number on our local ecosystems here in the Pacific Northwest. To kick off the week, we thought we’d start with a little IS101.

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Blog, Featured, Urban

A new chapter for Wayne

Forterra’s purchase of Wayne Golf Course tees up the 89-acre property for permanent protection as parkland—creating a huge new green space in the middle of our crowded metropolis. But we financed its purchase with a loan and we have limited time to pay it back.

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Gene's corner

Op-Ed in the Seattle Times

In a Seattle Times op-ed, Forterra’s president Gene Duvernoy shares findings from recent polling we’ve done on attitudes toward growth in the Pacific Northwest.

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Blog

Make love not waste

This Valentine’s Day, show your love by mitigating your Valentine’s carbon footprint. We’ll then plant trees locally in honor of your Valentine. It’s a win-win—your sweetheart and the planet will thank you!

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Blog, Featured, Rural

Saving a farm from development in Arlington

Learn how Forterra purchased Riverbend Farm to return a subdivision to farming. Meet the third generation farmer who will purchase the property.

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Ampersand Live, Blog

Ampersand Live 2015: The KUOW podcast

The KUOW podcast that let’s you relive Forterra’s Ampersand Live 2015 stage show.

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Gene's corner

A tribute to Frank Pritchard

I spend my days with some of the very best people in the region who are driven to make our place all it can be. Frank Pritchard was one of these great PNW citizens. Frank was a founding board member of Forterra, back when we called ourselves the Seattle-King County Land Trust.

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Gene's corner

Thirteen days in Korea

Gene’s recent visit to Korea highlighted similarities and contrasts between Korea and Washington state. But prevalent in both is progressive thinking by people deeply committed to resolving problems.

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