In our nearly 30 years, we’ve worked with communities around Washington State to permanently protect 250,000 acres of wilderness, working lands, forests, rivers and streams, urban green space, parks and community gardens.
Lands that were at risk are now secure for a sustainable future.
As a nationally accredited land trust, Forterra has worked with landowners to conserve our special places for the past 25 years. We seek permanent conservation, either through outright acquisition (fee simple interest) or partial acquisition (limited interest, conservation easement).
Real estate advisory services
Forterra has worked with tribes and federal, state, and local governments in a variety of capacities to help protect and restore key conservation properties throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the process we’ve developed the relevant skills and experience in land transaction facilitation, land conservation strategy and fundraising and financing.
Community purpose land banking
We seek to capture select real estate opportunities in keystone neighborhood properties that someday will be important assets for the community, by purchasing and holding until a long term buyer can be secured. These include potential economic development, arts or cultural facilities and affordable housing on properties by future transit or town centers whose prices would otherwise be out of reach in the future. There are many potential applications for land banking that positively affect the health and sustainability of our communities, and we are always interested in exploring opportunities.
I learned there's a possibility for everyone to have success and everyone could have a win ... This is one small example of what potentially could happen in our bay, in our home and with our tribe and the reservation. And that makes me hopeful ... We definitely have Forterra to thank for that.
Related Perspectives and News
Just west of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a swath of land with stunning 360° views. These 20 acres atop Zorro Ridge provide uninterrupted habitat and public recreational access in the central Cascades.
With an emphasis on restoring salmon habitat, removing invasive weeds and installing native vegetation, Forterra’s WCC crew is an efficient machine capable of carrying out complex, important projects.
The innovative transfer of development rights program is a way to protect farmland and encourage building in more urban areas. It’s a program that works and it needs to be preserved.
Many people expressed a strong desire to support farming communities so they may thrive in the future while working with cities to prevent sprawl and protect the beauty and resources of the region.