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Ms. Michelle Connor

Executive Vice President

Forterra Companies

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Forterra Companies

901 5th Avenue, Suite 2200

Seattle, Washington 98164

United States

Company Description

Forterra is a visionary and effective leader for regional sustainability with a 100-year vision and action plan for the region. To date, we've permanently conserved 238,000 acres of land and improved the quality of life for people in over 80 communities. ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Executive Vice President

Strategic Enterprises Inc

Senior Vice President

Cascade Land Conservancy

Affiliations

Advisory Board Member
Urban Land Institute

Education

Bachelor

Arts

Evergreen College

M.S.

University of Washington

Master of Science

UW College of Forestry

Masters of Science degree

College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington

bachelor's degree

Evergreen State College

Web References (146 Total References)


The paved cul-de-sac, utility boxes and ...

www.heraldnet.com [cached]

The paved cul-de-sac, utility boxes and wells that were put in to prepare for development seem out of place among the fields, Forterra vice president Michelle Connor said.

"The conversion of property in the middle of farmland jeopardizes the rest of the farmland around it," she said. "It also fundamentally changes the nature of the city of Arlington from having farmland at its door to having a subdivision."
The Riverbend acreage belonged to the largest dairy in Arlington before it was divided up for development and then foreclosed. The property was scheduled to be auctioned off when Forterra inked a deal to buy it.
There's a lot of risk in taking on the property, Connor said. Workers removed diesel and gasoline tanks buried in the ground to prepare for development. The work wasn't properly documented so the state labeled the area as a brownfield, meaning it's a possible contamination site. Forterra is working on getting that sorted out before selling to Albert, Connor said.
...
"No farmer could step into that, so Forterra is kind of stepping into all the risk to protect this farmland," Connor said.
The organization's budget for acquiring the property and dealing with legal and environmental entanglements is $700,000, but that could go down as the organization works with the state to resolve concerns such as the brownfield designation. Forterra also had help from government and conservation groups to cover the costs of wiping out development rights and securing the acreage as farmland. Snohomish County Conservation Futures contributed $100,000, the Snohomish County Conservation District landed $50,000 from the Washington Conservation Commission and the city of Arlington contributed about $15,000.
"It's a nice way to end the year, getting this property," Connor said. "We feel really good about it. It was a tough hill to climb, but it was worth it."
Forterra also is raising money to pay $30,000 in back taxes. They'd like to sell Albert a farm "with a clean bill of health," Connor said.


The paved cul-de-sac, utility boxes and ...

www.heraldnet.com [cached]

The paved cul-de-sac, utility boxes and wells that were put in to prepare for development seem out of place among the fields, Forterra vice president Michelle Connor said.

"The conversion of property in the middle of farmland jeopardizes the rest of the farmland around it," she said. "It also fundamentally changes the nature of the city of Arlington from having farmland at its door to having a subdivision."
The Riverbend acreage belonged to the largest dairy in Arlington before it was divided up for development and then foreclosed. The property was scheduled to be auctioned off when Forterra inked a deal to buy it.
There's a lot of risk in taking on the property, Connor said. Workers removed diesel and gasoline tanks buried in the ground to prepare for development. The work wasn't properly documented so the state labeled the area as a brownfield, meaning it's a possible contamination site. Forterra is working on getting that sorted out before selling to Albert, Connor said.
...
"No farmer could step into that, so Forterra is kind of stepping into all the risk to protect this farmland," Connor said.
The organization's budget for acquiring the property and dealing with legal and environmental entanglements is $700,000, but that could go down as the organization works with the state to resolve concerns such as the brownfield designation. Forterra also had help from government and conservation groups to cover the costs of wiping out development rights and securing the acreage as farmland. Snohomish County Conservation Futures contributed $100,000, the Snohomish County Conservation District landed $50,000 from the Washington Conservation Commission and the city of Arlington contributed about $15,000.
"It's a nice way to end the year, getting this property," Connor said. "We feel really good about it. It was a tough hill to climb, but it was worth it."
Forterra also is raising money to pay $30,000 in back taxes. They'd like to sell Albert a farm "with a clean bill of health," Connor said.


The paved cul-de-sac, utility boxes and ...

www.heraldnet.com [cached]

The paved cul-de-sac, utility boxes and wells that were put in to prepare for development seem out of place among the fields, Forterra vice president Michelle Connor said.

"The conversion of property in the middle of farmland jeopardizes the rest of the farmland around it," she said. "It also fundamentally changes the nature of the city of Arlington from having farmland at its door to having a subdivision."
The Riverbend acreage belonged to the largest dairy in Arlington before it was divided up for development and then foreclosed. The property was scheduled to be auctioned off when Forterra inked a deal to buy it.
There's a lot of risk in taking on the property, Connor said. Workers removed diesel and gasoline tanks buried in the ground to prepare for development. The work wasn't properly documented so the state labeled the area as a brownfield, meaning it's a possible contamination site. Forterra is working on getting that sorted out before selling to Albert, Connor said.
...
"No farmer could step into that, so Forterra is kind of stepping into all the risk to protect this farmland," Connor said.
The organization's budget for acquiring the property and dealing with legal and environmental entanglements is $700,000, but that could go down as the organization works with the state to resolve concerns such as the brownfield designation. Forterra also had help from government and conservation groups to cover the costs of wiping out development rights and securing the acreage as farmland. Snohomish County Conservation Futures contributed $100,000, the Snohomish County Conservation District landed $50,000 from the Washington Conservation Commission and the city of Arlington contributed about $15,000.
"It's a nice way to end the year, getting this property," Connor said. "We feel really good about it. It was a tough hill to climb, but it was worth it."
Forterra also is raising money to pay $30,000 in back taxes. They'd like to sell Albert a farm "with a clean bill of health," Connor said.


"There's a stewardship plan that we'll ...

www.heraldnet.com [cached]

"There's a stewardship plan that we'll be working on with the Tulalips" to maintain the tract's value to the watershed, said Michelle Connor, Forterra's executive vice president of strategic enterprises.

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The deal came together when Forterra learned the owner of the parcels, a property investment firm called Robinett Holdings, soon would put them up for sale, Connor said.
"When we first learned the property was coming on the market, we contacted the Tulalip Tribes to see if (the land) would be conservationally significant," Connor said.
That turned out to be the case, she said.
"The property itself has historical oxbows and natural features that in and of themselves are very, very important," she said.
...
The transfer of the Wallace River tract is also consistent with Forterra's goals in working with local Native American tribes on preservation, Connor said.
Last year Forterra carried out a similar property transfer with the Makah Tribe involving 240 acres near Lake Ozette on the Olympic Peninsula that is considered critical salmon habitat.
"We see that repatriation of indigenous lands is an important part of our conservation mission," Connor said.


"There's a stewardship plan that we'll ...

www.heraldnet.com [cached]

"There's a stewardship plan that we'll be working on with the Tulalips" to maintain the tract's value to the watershed, said Michelle Connor, Forterra's executive vice president of strategic enterprises.

...
The deal came together when Forterra learned the owner of the parcels, a property investment firm called Robinett Holdings, soon would put them up for sale, Connor said.
"When we first learned the property was coming on the market, we contacted the Tulalip Tribes to see if (the land) would be conservationally significant," Connor said.
That turned out to be the case, she said.
"The property itself has historical oxbows and natural features that in and of themselves are very, very important," she said.
...
The transfer of the Wallace River tract is also consistent with Forterra's goals in working with local Native American tribes on preservation, Connor said.
Last year Forterra carried out a similar property transfer with the Makah Tribe involving 240 acres near Lake Ozette on the Olympic Peninsula that is considered critical salmon habitat.
"We see that repatriation of indigenous lands is an important part of our conservation mission," Connor said.

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