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

Related Perspectives and News

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.

Continue

Winning the battle against knotweed

After five years of restoration work on the Cedar River and its tributaries, the Stewardship in Action (SIA) program is celebrating as the riverbanks have begun to show signs of recovery.

Continue

Let There Be Green!

The Pacific Northwest is known for its lush flora year round, but each spring we are again reminded of its awe-inspiring emerald qualities. This week we are singing the praises of a few of our favorite native plants in celebration of Native Plant Appreciation Week!

Continue

Can a Golf Course Save Orca Whales?

It’s no coincidence that as Puget Sound grows (and continues to grow), the amount of green space, salmon, and orcas have been in decline. In the intricate, messy web of life that connects locals and transplants, salmon and orcas, and all the other creatures to this place we call home, every decision we make reverberates across seen and unseen threads, making an impact that is as large as it is lasting.

Continue

Working with Pearl Jam to combat climate change

It’s a bold idea – and what better place to start than in one of the greenest cities in the…

Continue

1.25 Miles of Wallace River Salmon Habitat Protected

Forterra and the Tulalip Tribes have acquired five parcels along the Wallace River in Snohomish County to protect critical salmon…

Continue

Back from the brink: historic farm near Arlington saved from development

140-acre parcel had already been subdivided and cleaved by a paved cul-de-sac; action by Forterra returns it to agricultural use.

Continue

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…

Continue