by Jane Sisk
Forterra, a local conservation organization suggested by the Climate Action Team, will receive the Second Sunday/Share the Plate offering on September 8. As Washington State’s local nationally-accredited land trust, for more than 25 years Forterra has worked with tribes and federal, state, and local governments to conserve key conservation properties throughout the Pacific Northwest. It seeks permanent conservation, and has protected giant old growth and mountaintops, and secured land in the heart of the city for affordable housing. In cities throughout the region, the organization engages community volunteers to restore and maintain urban parks, to build community and an ethic of stewardship. Forterra also restores river and floodplain habitat along crucial waterways, such as the Cedar and Green-Duwamish Rivers. Forterra is currently working along the Yakima River Corridor, the Great Northern Corridor from Everett to Stevens Pass, and the Puyallup/Carbon River Valley from Mt. Rainier to Commencement Bay. Your contribution will support the continuation of this important work.