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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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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Can a Golf Course Save Orca Whales?

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Invasive Species Awareness Week

On a basic level, most invasive species are non-native organisms (plant, animal, insect, etc.) that have been ‘introduced’ into an environment. This year, in honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, we asked the experts what their “favorite” invasive is and the gory details behind their love-hate relationship with these plants.

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Community raises funds to save the Lake Serene Trail

A section of the beloved Lake Serene trail was scheduled to be logged in the Fall of 2017. We kicked off a fundraising effort in mid-August to protect the trail. It mobilized quickly thanks to support from an amazing community of people who love the special place.

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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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Friends of the forest: Volunteers go to work on Green Everett Day

More than 100 volunteers dug holes, placed plants and spread mulch Saturday morning at Forest Park for Green Everett Day.…

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Triple Creek Ranch easement Kittitas’ largest

Forterra and Kittitas County permanently conserved Triple Creek Ranch with the purchase of a 260-acre working-farmland conservation easement, the largest…

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The Best Day Hike Near Seattle

A hike to Lake Serene brings hard-earned rewards Getting to Lake Serene might just be the best day hike in…

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