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

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