Forterra works to sustain their Pacific Northwest. They love this place—the landscapes, the people and communities, their innovative and optimistic spirit. And they want to keep their place special in spite of the mounting pressures of population growth and climate change. Unless they do a better job, this place will become some other place. Taking the lead, Forterra focuses on how they live, work and play on their lands. Working from cities to wilderness, Forterra thinks outside the box and applies a broad range of skills—from land conservation to policy innovation—knowing choices they make today determine how livable and beautiful this place will be tomorrow.
ACQUIRING KEYSTONE LANDS
As Washington State’s local land trust for nearly 30 years, they help communities harness the power of land—for good. They aren’t hampered by artificial boundaries of where a land trust “should” work because, like the land, it’s all connected. So far, Forterra has completed 400+ land deals covering more than 250,000 acres—four times the footprint of Seattle. They ’ve protected giant old growth and mountaintops, saved farms from becoming subdevelopments and secured land in the heart of the city for affordable housing.
CARING FOR KEYSTONE LANDS
Truly securing a place often means more than simply securing the land. It means hands-on restoration and stewardship to unlock its full potential.
CREATING LIVELIHOODS ON KEYSTONE LANDS
Keeping keystone lands in food and wood production—and maintaining rural economies and ways of life—demands creativity in releasing more of their economic potential.
FORTERRA'S WORK STRETCHES FROM THE FARMLAND AND RIVER CANYONS OF YAKIMA ALL THE WAY TO THE ESTUARIES AND FORESTS OF WASHINGTON’S COASTLINE.
For 25 years they’ve been bringing about powerful, practical and positive change by conducting land transactions, stewarding land, engaging communities and conceiving and advancing forward-thinking policies.