Land Transactions

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.

Teanaway Valley view through the trees
Photo by Briena Sash
  • Land conservation

    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).

    Land conservation

  • 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.

    Real estate advisory services

  • 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.
Jeromy Sullivan, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe regarding the Kitsap Forest and Bay conservation effort

Related Perspectives and News

A Proud Partnership

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.

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Mass Timber: The Innovative Future of our Built Environment

New building code changes in Washington to permit mid and high-rise mass timber buildings, allowing the state to take a huge step forward for the sustainable future of our built environment and will revolutionize the way we design, build and grow.

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Saving Lake Serene

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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Forterra awarded Olmsted Medal

Forterra was recently awarded the prestigious Olmsted Medal of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Conferred annually at ASLA’s national conference, the Olmsted Medal is one of the Society’s premier honors.

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Forterra saves some of the last remaining unprotected old growth forest in King County

SEATTLE – On December 29, Forterra completed two land transactions spanning 376 acres along the western edge of the Cascade…

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Land Conservancies Enter Unfamiliar Territory: the City

Some eco-minded groups that traditionally focus on rural conservation are turning their attention to urban areas, in an effort to…

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Auburn purchases 9 acres for park with help of local conservation and community building organization

The City of Auburn, assisted by Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), acquired 9.2 acres including a 2-acre lake of undeveloped…

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Forterra tees up Wayne Golf Course for open space preservation

BOTHELL, February 10, 2016 – Forterra has announced two significant milestones in the campaign to save the Wayne Golf Course…

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