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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Making our region sustainable and prosperous

It has been 10 years since the launch of the Cascade and Olympic Agendas, and it is time for a top-to-bottom refresh. Through a series of structured conversations, town hall meetings and crowd sourcing, we will be working toward the Next Wave of the Agendas in the spring of 2015.

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How Forterra works

By applying our skills and experience we help move projects forward and fundamentally shift the outcomes to secure a healthy and resilient region for all into the next century.

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2017 Forterra Annual Breakfast

The Forterra Annual Breakfast once again brought together an amazing community of diverse, talented people. And we know that it takes all of us to secure the future we want for this region—from conserving lands and stewarding them, to seeding livelihoods for all.

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Skykomish River Valley

Stretching from Everett to Stevens Pass, the Great Northern Corridor focuses energy to protect landscapes for recreational access, wildlife habitat, wild lands, working forestland, and scenic views.

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Pieces coming together for Kitsap Forest & Bay

Work is progressing rapidly around the edges of the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project — an effort to protect a…

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700 acres of wildlife habitat near Easton conserved

Forterra and partners conserved nearly 700 acres of wildlife habitat in the Upper Kittitas Valley in December 2014. On December…

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Land conservancy buys land to protect Lake Serene Trail

Forterra says it closed last month on its purchase of land near Gold Bar from Weyerhaeuser. SEATTLE — A Seattle-based…

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Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres…

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