Despite its beauty, the area’s unnatural construction intensifies the creek’s annual dry period, causing harm to the creek, the valley and the local ecology. In 2009, Forterra purchased 250 acres in Gold Creek Valley with grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with the purpose of protecting endangered species and habitat.
Conservation And Land Stewardship
Community land trusts and conservation land trusts strengthen each other through innovative strategies for owning land.
Brighton Jones is providing extra support throughout 2022 to aid in restoration efforts
Non-profit land trust Forterra acquired the land, containing 40 acres of old-growth forest, and donated it to Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.
Featuring another phase of conservation success in protecting Washington’s forest resources
A decade-long project that has now conserved 4,000 acres for recreation, restoration, cultural heritage and habitat, the Port Gamble Forest property includes 65 miles of trails where already more than 20,000 hikers, birders, mountain bikers, equestrians, cyclists and runners recreate each year. The property is now part of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.
Windy Ridge offers 640 acres of significant ecologic value including extensive tree canopy, old-growth forest, talus slopes, meadows and alpine lakes. Protected in 2019, Windy Ridge is part of decade-plus effort by Forterra to work with communities to conserve critical areas running from the Skykomish Valley near Stevens Pass to the Salish Sea at Everett.
The purchase is the largest acquisition of ancestral lands in the Tribe’s modern history
The property is part of a larger restoration of critical habitat for salmon species in the Hood Canal watershed