Forterra Lands Stewardship and Restoration
To maintain the health of all our lands requires ongoing management and care. Forterra has an ownership interest in over 15,000 acres of diverse landscapes in 12 Washington counties. Owning nearly 8,000 acres in fee, with conservation easements on another 7,300 acres, Forterra stewards the lands we care for to enhance their ecological value and make them an asset to the local community. We monitor our conservation easements annually and work with landowners to maximize conservation values while maintaining the uses permitted on the property.
Lend a hand as a volunteer at a restoration event held on Forterra’s conserved lands and remove invasive plant species, plant native plants, spread mulch, do stream and trail restoration and more. You make a difference for the land and your community while having fun and connecting with friends and neighbors. No experience or tools necessary.
Youth under 18 years of age may participate either with a guardian present, or with a signed youth waiver.
Duwamish Hill Preserve
The Duwamish Hill Preserve is a 10.5 acre parcel of historical, cultural and ecologically significant land in Tukwila. Thanks to the actions of many partners including the Friends of the Hill, Forterra and the City of Tukwila, the property was purchased in 2004 and has been in active restoration ever since.
Morse Wildlife Preserve
The Morse Wildlife Preserve was established in 1995 by a donation of land from Lloyd and Maxine Morse. Situated near the headwaters of the north fork of Muck Creek, the 98-acre preserve is a mosaic of conifer forest, wetlands, oak savanna, and prairie. Forterra and Tahoma Audubon Society jointly manage the Preserve for wildlife and education.
Forterra volunteer Land Stewards play a central role in the stewardship and monitoring of Forterra’s conserved lands. Trained by Forterra stewardship staff, volunteer stewards monitor properties, document threats and assist with on-the-ground restoration. They are Forterra’s eyes and ears in the field and ambassadors to neighboring communities. Are you interested?
Contact Stu Watson by phone 206.905.6954 or email.
We like nothing better than to share what we know with students, community groups and others interested in helping improve the health of our lands, whether through our restoration events or specific educational events on our properties —Morse Wildlife Preserve and Duwamish Hill Preserve. Our Lands as a Classroom Program also connects teachers and students with inquiry-based educational opportunities.
Hire Forterra to steward and restore your land
Forterra works with private landowners, local governments and non-profits to help them become more effective managers and stewards of their natural areas. Specific services include partnering with municipalities to develop volunteer-based stewardship programs for forested parklands and other green infrastructure; creating and implementing restoration and management plans; developing and delivering training programs, best management practices and forest and natural area stewardship guides and outreach publications; and convening a wide variety of stakeholders to help solve complex landscape problems.
Related Perspectives and News
Forterra is working to conserve Little Skookum Inlet, 816 acres of riparian habitat, wetland and forest with two miles of marine shoreline in Mason County. Generations of Native Americans, family foresters and shellfish farmers have tended to this inlet. Protecting this place will prevent the property from being developed while protecting critical habitat for shellfish and salmon. Our project partner, Port Blakely Tree Farms, has stewarded the forest at Little Skookum for over 150 years and was just named Puget Sound Business Journal’s Family Business of the Year.
Almost 1,900 volunteers converged to celebrate Green City Days at parks and green spaces across Puget Sound this fall. They planted more than 11,500 native plants. There are now twelve cities in the Green City Partnerships—Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Puyallup, Redmond, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tacoma, Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines—and these annual events give volunteers a wonderful opportunity to help restore their local natural areas while building community through stewardship.
Forterra officially closed on the last-remaining privately owned section of the popular Lake Serene Trail in October 2018. Thanks to massive community support, the purchase of this 190-acre property preserved the trees along the trail and guaranteed permanent public access to Lake Serene Trail’s breathtaking views, waterfalls, and reflective alpine lake—forever.
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