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Mission Statement

Forterra's mission is to act with immediacy to protect, enhance and steward our region's most precious resources--its communities and its landscapes. Since 1989, we have been working toward a future in which our children and grandchildren can experience nature in and around our urban environments.


Forterra conserves land by working with individuals, companies and local governments. We strive to maximize the ecological value of land, while meeting the needs of landowners. We may accept land as a donation, purchase it, or transfer it to public ownership. We often serve as a broker to identify and negotiate the most effective ownership to protect important lands. We establish conservation easements to preserve special features. For each and every property, we explore available strategies or create new ones to provide permanent protection. Forterra has established a Conservation Agenda for our region, with specific priorities and methods for each type of landscape. Current initiatives include the protection of working forests on the foothills of the Cascades, and the creation of salmon sanctuaries along our region's highest quality rivers and streams.



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Would you recommend Forterra?

by Aspen S. (December 13, 2019)
Lou hosted a volunteer event at Forest Park, Everett and has been doing similar projects for four years. I had a great time with the group and appreciate Lou for bringing snacks for all! I will be back because he was fantastic!
by Edith A. (October 4, 2019)
It was so rewarding to help during this event. My 11 yr old son was so happy to volunteer at Perigo Park.
by Chris D. (November 7, 2017)
This group is very knowledgeable of native plants and is helping to beautify our parks.
by Sarah F. (May 1, 2017)
I've been volunteering with Forterra for a couple years now and I've enjoyed every minute of it. The staff and community are wonderful and I've found a position that fits my life perfectly. All the way down to their smallest events they make a difference in our community.
by Maria d. (October 25, 2015)
I signed up to help with something, but never heard back from the organization.