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Conservation group hires former Port of Tacoma CEO Tim Farrell

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm with No Comments »
May 3, 2013 12:06 pm

Washington’s largest non-profit conservation and urban planning organization has hired the Port of Tacoma’s former executive director, Tim Farrell, as its new chief program officer.

Farrell will lead Forterra’s  policy, conservation and stewardship departments.

Tim Farrell
Tim Farrell

The former port chief executive lead the Port of Tacoma until late 2009, when the Port of Tacoma commission decided to replace him.  Farrell left office at the port at the end of December 2009, but remained on the payroll on call through May 31, 2010.

Farrell’s departure was prompted in part by problems with the $1.2 billion NYK Line terminal project and by the downturn in port fortunes caused in part by the recession.  NYK and the port halted development of the new terminal because of mutual issues, a slipping schedule and expanding budget on the port’s side, and a decline in business on the shipping line’s part.

“Tim is an insightful, experienced leader and brings to Forterra the skills necessary to advance all of our work, from restoring natural habitat to creating livable cities to conserving vast landscapes across the region,” said Gene Duvernoy, Forterra president. “His contributions to community building and conservation will strengthen our ability to create a sustainable region worthy of our children,” the Forterra president said in a prepared statement.

Farrell reportedly has been engaged in real estate and development activities since he left his port job.

Forterra is the former Cascade Land Conservancy organization.

One of Farrell’s larger initiatives at the port was the purchase of some 745 acres in Thurston County near Maytown for use as a train marshaling yard and as a gravel mine.

When local opposition surfaced, the port decided to resell the property in 2008.  The opponents had called for making at least part of the port’s property into a wildlife refuge. The port later sold the land to a group that is gravel mining on the site.


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