Every individual that works with us is making a difference to the health of our riparian buffers by allowing our team to check their land for knotweed and take the necessary actions to control it. Forterra would like to work with you to protect your land from knotweed and restore it with native plants. Eligible landowners will receive technical assistance from Forterra or partners to control knotweed at no cost. Our team returns every summer to help participating landowners to control any remaining knotweed on their property, until the weed disappears completely. Native plants are available to all eligible riverfront landowners and those that live on connecting streams. Forterra staff will work with you to design a custom native plant garden and will install it during the winter, under your guidance.
The health of waterways throughout the region are critical to the health of Puget Sound and the long-term sustainability of our communities – both natural and human. Healthy rivers and streams have an abundance of trees and shrubs growing along their banks. These plants provide shade to cool down the water during summer and hold onto the soil during winter flooding.
By preventing dirt from washing out into the river, plants help keep water clean for all that use it, including people and salmon. In addition, native plants provide flowers for bees, berries for birds, and leaves for insects. Without these plants, the health of the river suffers as well as the wildlife that need it.