Land Stewardship

Help care for the lands upon which our sustainable future depends.

From neighborhood parks stewarded by volunteers, to managing our iconic conserved landscapes, to restoring river and floodplain habitat along the Cedar and Duwamish Rivers, your support takes care of the lands we all love.

Pulling invasive species to restore the health of the land
Photo by Bill Bankson
  • Green City Partnerships

    In cities throughout the region, we engage community volunteers to restore public lands in urban areas to help restore and maintain our urban parks while building community and an ethics of stewardship throughout cities in our region.

    Green Cities

  • Forterra lands stewardship and restoration

    We care for and tend to the lands and conservation easements Forterra is responsible for in 12 counties to enhance their ecological and community value.

    Forterra lands

  • Riparian corridors

    We restore the riparian and floodplain habitat along our critical waterways: the Cedar River, Green-Duwamish River, Bear Creek Watershed, and Skykomish River.

    Riparian efforts

When I see a child having a real encounter with a tree that she’s planting, or when I hear someone at a work party saying, ‘This is the first time I’ve ever picked up a shovel,’ that’s why I get out of bed in the morning.
Dylan Mendenhall, Schmitz Park Forest Steward

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One opportunity to get it right

The Kitsap Forest & Bay Project has the potential to shape the future of the entire Kitsap Peninsula—the protected forestland and shoreline will serve as a backbone to a regional land and water trail system, giving residents and visitors educational and recreational opportunities throughout the peninsula.

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Paddling to a Future Forest

For three years, Forterra staff and WCC crew members have waded across the Cedar River to control invasive knotweed in a remote part of Ron Regis Park—but in winter when rains swell the river, a new approach to tackling the knotweed was needed.

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Robust blackberry bullies

With its tall, arching, sharply-thorned stems creating a dense thicket, this robust bully shades out the forest floor and the banks of rivers and streams.

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Hiking to Lake Serene

We arrived at the parking lot of the trailhead in the early morning hours. The air was crisp and the sky a bit overcast. It was my first time to Lake Serene and I was incredibly excited to make the 4.1 mile trek into the woods to see it with my own eyes.

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Forterra completes sale of Dead Man’s Pond in Puyallup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TACOMA – Forterra has completed the sale of 5 acres of urban wildlife habitat known as Dead…

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Volunteers add over 7,000 plants to Puget Sound

Over 1,500 volunteers contributed more than 4,000 hours of time to restore the Puget Sound’s urban green spaces during the…

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Pristine estuary conservation increases habitat

Forterra and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) conserved in perpetuity 162 acres of estuary, freshwater wetlands and…

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Keeping Dead Man’s Pond habitat alive

Thanks to support from The Russell Family Foundation, Forterra was recently able to acquire five urban wetland acres in southwest…

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