Land for Good
Join us to experience our mission together, learn about Land for Good — and support nature, and resilient communities for all. From our 2021 speaker series to self-guided walks, you’ll find engaging topics that explore our work across the state.
For 30 years, Forterra has supported the communities of our region. We have worked with tribes, businesses, governments, communities, and nonprofits to innovate and act. We celebrate those who inspire this work and the places we love.
Washington’s ecosystems and communities are being tested as never before. Communities are being uprooted and displaced. Open spaces, natural habitat and recreational land are threatened by irreversible conversion.
Forterra’s integrated projects, policy and programs create healthy ecosystems and resilient communities. Our work protects natural resources, supplants unsustainable development, helps communities, and responds to the climate crisis.
Land for Good
With your donation, we will conserve land and water for future generations and critical habitat for wildlife, create sustainable attainable housing for underserved communities, and continuously work for social and economic equality throughout all of our projects.
Be a part of the Forterra mission to make change in the region we love for a smarter and better future.
See and experience your donation
- Advance conservation and community projects to make Washington more equitable, healthy and sustainable.
- Build attainable and affordable housing for communities in Washington.
- Protect critical habitat from development. We have conserved 250k acres and growing!
Our greatest strength is being nimble and flexible. With your support of Forterra, we have the ability to respond to the greatest needs and priorities within our mission as they arise.
Your gift helps us leverage more funds
Your gift, combined with Forterra’s experience and resources, allows us to triple the impact of every dollar donated. For example, we recently leveraged $4.4 million in donor funds to raise $12 million for Forterra projects.
Your generosity allows us to have the stability and capacity to explore unconventional and innovative models of funding to stretch every dollar donated.
Land for Good
Forterra drives land-based solutions in Washington to support a healthy environment and resilient communities for all.
Land for Good
Forterra is an unconventional land trust that works across Washington’s landscapes, from the ranches and farms of the Yakima basin, to the estuaries and forests of Washington’s coast, reaching more than 100 communities. Working cooperatively with people and nature, Forterra drives land stewardship, management, and planning; community-driven programs; farming and forestry approaches; community ownership opportunities; and innovative development solutions and policies.
Let’s Talk: Land for Good
Complimentary panel discussions moderated by Forterra’s President and CEO, Michelle Connor. Unable to attend an event? Register and we’ll provide the recording after the session.
Land for Good
Evolving views on people and nature
What and where is nature? What gives you a sense of connection and belonging? Does land belong to us or do we belong to the land? Can we re-wild natural and community places? How can we deepen our connections to this place and each other?
Missed the conversation with conservation and environmental leaders? Watch the recording of the event below.
It takes a city
Stewarding the urban forest
Urban forests are diverse natural systems that support our long-term health and well-being. Healthy forests in our cities contribute to addressing longstanding disparities of environmental and social justice.
It takes everyday stewardship and cooperation for forests within our cities to flourish. Every year, partners in Forterra’s Green City Partnership program host over 1,000 stewardship events and volunteers put in over 115,000 hours of work helping forests in our cities become healthier and happier places to be through community stewardship.
Miss the conversation about how communities are stewarding the well-being of forests and people? Watch the recording below.
Neighborhoods of belonging
We all know that rapid growth is challenging our region. But, do you know how our communities are creatively responding and developing resiliency? Across our region, communities are using land-based solutions and community-driven models of engagement to strengthen neighborhoods. Food hubs, cooperative business space, and creative placemaking are just a few of the dynamic, real ways our neighborhoods and communities are staying connected and rooted in place.
Missed the conversation about growth and community resiliency? Watch the recording of the event below.
Growth is an Opportunity?
Building buildings, supporting farms
We love our cities and our farms, but can we have both? Yes!
Since 2007, Washington has been leading the way to push the possibilities of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR). TDR allows farms and other rural land to stay undeveloped, while supporting thoughtful development in city spaces. Forterra has played a key role in designing or revising 17 TDR programs, including the largest voluntary inter-jurisdictional TDR marketplace in the country. A farmer, a developer, and a policy leader will share how this dynamic program is making a difference.
Did you miss our conversation about how Washington has been showing the way forward with our innovative Transfer of Development Rights work? Watch the recording below.
See Land for Good at Work
Land for Good at Work is a chance to experience Forterra’s work for yourself: go in person or go virtually; go solo or go with friends.
Follow our online guide to experience
- Special places across our region Forterra has conserved
- Forested parks where Forterra is supporting community stewardship
- Neighborhoods where Forterra is helping communities build resilience and realize their goals
- Cities where new buildings are helping to sustain rural farms and forests
- Places that respect and acknowledge tribal stewardship and culture
Share your experiences, tagging #LandForGood2021.
Land for Good Week
Donor Appreciation Event
Tribes & Land
A discussion about rights, restoration and repair
Indigenous peoples have lived and stewarded this place since time immemorial.
The conservation movement is young and a product of colonial mindsets around land ownership, use, and stewardship. Land trusts across the country, including Forterra, are grappling with this reality and looking for real ways to acknowledge and address the impacts of colonization on indigenous peoples as well as on the natural world.
As Forterra seeks to act with respect for indigenous and tribal lifeways, Forterra’s President and CEO will seek guidance from tribal leaders and explore what might come next.
If you didn’t get the chance to join us for this Land for Good donor appreciation gathering to hear thoughts from tribal leaders on rights, restoration and repair, you can watch the recording below.
Get out and find new places
We work across the region. All during our Land for Good fundraiser we’ll be sharing stories, self-guided walks and other inspiring ideas across the map.
Land for Good
Land for Good means we envision people and nature thriving in coexistence. Our 30-year history shows us that supporters like you play a major part in conserving healthy ecosystems and using our land for the benefit of all.
Thank you to our sponsors
Alaska Airlines | BlueFern Development, LLC | The Commerce Bank of Washington | Kaiser Permanente | MainStreet Property Group | Perkins Coie Foundation | Recology King County | Sambataro Family Foundation | Wright Runstad and Company | Rayonier
Beneficial State Bank | City of Issaquah | NBBJ | RD Merrill Company | Seattle City Light | Seattle Parks and Recreation | Seneca Group | Silver Creek Capital | Tarragon | Washington Holdings | Washington Realtors® | Stoel Rives LLP | Martin Flynn Public Affairs, Inc