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Forterra announces bold effort for a town hit hard by floods

HAMILTON, Wash. 30 APRIL 2019 — Today, the conservation group Forterra announced that is has committed $1 million to help residents move out of the flood plain and to restore the river in Hamilton, a small Skagit Valley community that for years has faced recurrent and devastating floods. In coordination ...

Hundreds of Volunteers Step up as Community Stewards on 2019 MLK Day of Service

In 1983, the third Monday in January became a federal holiday in honor and memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Eleven years later, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as the United States' first and only National Day of Service. Integral to the Civil Rights Movement, ...

Gene Duvernoy takes a new role after three distinguished decades as Forterra’s president

SEATTLE, 26-APRIL-2018 — Gene Duvernoy founded Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy) in 1989 in the attic of his home, building on the work of dedicated volunteers like Gerry Johnson. In the nearly thirty years since, Gene's bold leadership and entrepreneurial spirit have grown the organization into one of the ...

Tech investors, housing developers, others help Forterra close $10.25M first round of innovative Strong Communities Fund

SEATTLE — Forterra, a nonprofit whose mission is securing places that are keystones of a sustainable future in the Pacific Northwest, today announced the first-round close of its new social impact investment vehicle, the Strong Communities Fund, with $10.25M raised. With Amazon and other high-flying companies fueling a red-hot economy ...

A Gift to the Region: Over 1,500 More Acres of Port Gamble Forest Secured On Kitsap Peninsula

PORT GAMBLE, December 22, 2017 – On Friday afternoon, Forterra closed a transaction to secure more than 1,500 acres of the Port Gamble Forest from Pope Resources, completing the final puzzle piece of a decade-long project that has now conserved 4,000 acres for recreation, restoration, cultural heritage and habitat. Kitsap ...

It’s Official! Huge New Park Coming To Bothell

BOTHELL, December 12, 2017 – The Bothell City Council voted tonight to complete its acquisition of the former Wayne Golf Course just south of downtown Bothell. With this action, the Council agreed to add thirty-six acres from the course’s old Back Nine to the fifty acres of the former Front ...
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