Forterra statement on Snoqualmie Indian Tribe letter to USDA

Forterra Board Chair, Beth Birnbaum, released the following statement in response to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s Notice of Withdrawal of Support for the Forterra NW Partnerships Climate-Smart Commodities Grant Application.

“Forterra NW recently received a letter from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe that raised concerns about Forterra’s representations and communication with the Tribe during Climate-Smart Commodities grant application. Forterra’s Board of Directors takes these concerns seriously, and has initiated a review of the application process for the Climate-Smart Commodities grant, facilitated by an independent, external law firm.

Forterra NW’s goal in pursuing this grant was to bring additional resources to partners engaged in essential climate work across a range of dimensions – community-project, technical implementation, government, and social impact. Forterra remains committed to supporting these organizations, regardless of how the grant funds are directed or administered.”


Heidi Taffera 
Managing Director of Media Relations and Storytelling 


Forterra is an unconventional land trust that works across Washington’s communities and landscapes, from the ranches and shrub-steppe of the Yakima basin, to the estuaries, farms and forests of Washington’s coast, reaching more than 100 counties, cities, towns and rural communities. Working cooperatively with people and nature, Forterra drives land stewardship, management and planning; innovative programs and policies; farming and forestry approaches; community ownership opportunities; and development solutions. Visit

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