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Shrub-Steppe Ecosystem

Yakima Ridge photographed by Katie Beck.

Yakima Ridge photographed by Katie Beck. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

Shrub-steppe communities are amazingly complex, supporting a wide variety of vascular plants, cryptobiotic soil crusts, birds and animals. Less than 40% of the original area covered by shrub steppe remains unconverted in Washington. Scenes such as this one, of rolling hills with sagebrush, grass, and lupine on Yakima Ridge, are increasingly rare and so all the more precious.

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Updated: March 5, 2015
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