Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea: A Corridor of Sustainability

Thanks to support from people like you, Forterra is securing the places—urban rural and wild—that are keystones of a Pacific Northwest that thrives even as it changes and grows.

From the Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea, roughly along the path of Highway 2, Forterra is securing lands and communities that interlock and reinforce each other in what we call a Corridor of Sustainability. In work dating back more than a decade, we are progressively conserving wildlands and recreational trails, conserving land for farms and working forests, spurring economic development in struggling rural towns, and incentivizing smart growth in fast-growing Everett.

View of Skykomish Valley and the Great Northern Corridor from Maloney Rock
Photo by Darcey Hughes

Time to act

By 2040, it’s estimated our region’s population will grow 27%.

The Pacific Northwest is booming.

People love the breathtaking beauty and recreational opportunities in our mountains, forests and rivers, as well as the character of rural towns, farms and timberlands.

What will happen to the spirit, beauty and communities of this unique place as we grow? The farms, trails and old growth that we love are at risk of being lost to sprawl and logging.

We must raise $3.5 million through community fundraising to secure a Corridor of Sustainability between Skykomish Valley and the Salish Sea.

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Along the Corridor running through the Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea is a collection of keystone places that make our Pacific Northwest great.

Classically Pacific Northwest, the Corridor is home to wilderness, ancient trees and endangered wildlife. Farms produce the food we eat and rural towns carry on the character of our region. World-class hiking, mountain biking, climbing, water sports and more attract recreationists from our growing cities.

Forterra is working with communities throughout the Corridor on keystone projects that will stop sprawl, protect farmland and link economic revitalization to outdoor recreation.

We can’t afford to lose these places.

Save what you love

Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea: A Corridor of Sustainability

Maloney Creek & Forest

Protect critical habitat and save 50 acres of old growth forest from the imminent risk of logging.

Help us raise $1 million to save Maloney Creek and Forest.

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Maloney Creek
Photo by Charllie Raines

Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea: A Corridor of Sustainability

Healthy Cities

Everett is preparing for upward of 75,000 new residents by 2040.

Forterra is keeping our cities great places to live by working to prepare for and welcome growth. We’re helping to reimagine Everett Station District—with the transit center and a future light rail stop at its heart—and are working to secure the land needed to realize the community vision of creating a vibrant place with affordable homes, healthy parks and successful small businesses as the neighborhood transforms.

Help us work with the community to ensure Everett grows gracefully and stays a great place to live.


Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea: A Corridor of Sustainability

Farms & Forests

Farms and forests are essential to our human and natural ecosystems—but they’re first in line to absorb our rapid growth if we don’t take action.

Our farmlands and timberlands are vital to our way of life and to the livelihood of rural communities in our Pacific Northwest. These working lands provide local food, wood supply and jobs. They also provide habitat connectivity, recreation and a protective buffer for our cherished wildlands.

Help us conserve these essential places before they’re lost forever.


Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea: A Corridor of Sustainability


The Skykomish Valley to Salish Sea Corridor is a recreation paradise for hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers, climbers, paddlers and more.

As our region grows, these cherished places to recreate are becoming over-crowded. Following the successful effort to save the beloved Lake Serene Trail, Forterra is joining with partners to consider new hiking and mountain-biking trails amid the area’s spectacular beauty. Respect for the area’s Native American heritage and its sensitive environment will be key.

An important step is securing a 320-acre parcel on scenic Maloney Ridge above the old railroad town of Skykomish. Home to a large stand of unprotected old-growth trees, the ridge is also vital to water quality in the town of Skykomish below, as well as the salmon-bearing river just beyond.

Help us protect beautiful places to recreate for this and future generations.


Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea: A Corridor of Sustainability

Vibrant Towns

The hiking, mountain biking and water trails along the Corridor support hundreds of thousands of users annually—a number that continues to grow each year. Marysville, Snohomish, Monroe, Sultan, Gold Bar, Index and Skykomish are poised to benefit from nearby hiking trails and river access.

Help revitalize local economies through improved access and increased safety of outdoor recreation.

Forterra is helping these rural towns capture the opportunity of recreation-based economic development through planning and revitalization.


Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea: A Corridor of Sustainability

Wildlife & Old Growth

Help save 640 acres filled with towering, moss-covered old growth, meadows and lakes on Windy Ridge, near Stevens Pass. The land offers habitat for endangered species such as northern spotted owl, lynx, wolverine, wolf and grizzly bear.

The irreplaceable wilderness at Windy Ridge is currently in private hands, and so its future is insecure. Let’s change that.


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