The Great Northern Corridor

Forterra secures land for a sustainable future.

Thanks to support from people like you, Forterra is securing wilderness and local farms, and helping create thriving cities. Let’s keep the Pacific Northwest a place we love as it changes and grows.

Forterra’s Great Northern Corridor campaign is protecting wilderness and recreational trails, spurring economic development in rural towns, and incentivizing smart growth in urban areas while conserving farms and forests from the Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea.

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 the Great Northern Corridor.

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Vision

The Great Northern Corridor is a collection of keystone places that make our Pacific Northwest great.

The Corridor runs along Highway 2 from the Skykomish Valley to the Salish Sea. Classically Pacific Northwest, it’s home to wilderness, old growth 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

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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 by November 1st to save Maloney Creek and Forest.

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Maloney Creek
Photo by Charllie Raines

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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.

SUPPORT HEALTHY CITIES

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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.

MAKE A GIFT TO SUPPORT FARMS & FORESTS

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Recreation

The Great Northern 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 from logging, Forterra is spear-heading the creation of a network of hiking and mountain biking trails that will start in the heart of the town of Skykomish and connect to a new overlook with spectacular views of the valley.

To realize this vision, we must secure a 320-acre parcel on Maloney Ridge that is home to old growth trees that protect Skykomish’s water source. We must act quickly because the property is slated to be logged.

Help us protect the trails we love and create more trails for future generations to enjoy.

PROTECT TRAILS WITH YOUR GIFT

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Vibrant Towns

The hiking, mountain biking and water trails along the Great Northern 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.

SUPPORT VIBRANT TOWNS

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Wildlife & Old Growth

Help save 640 acres filled with towering, moss-covered old growth, meadows and lakes on Windy Ridge—protected from logging only by its remoteness. The land offers habitat for endangered species such as northern spotted owl, lynx, wolverine, wolf and grizzly bear.

Windy Ridge is set to be logged for the first time. Please help save this irreplaceable wilderness.

PROTECT WILDLIFE & OLD GROWTH

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