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KEEN Connects: Healthy Communities Have Ecological Integrity

In the Kittitas Valley, we are losing our ecological services. Our native pollinators are in decline, our soils are becoming compacted and alkaline, and we have seasonal soil erosion and flooding. Exotic invasive plants such as cheat grass and knapweed have invaded our valley. Catastrophic forest fires scorch the hillsides nearly every summer; climate change predictions show them growing ever larger and more frequent. Our creeks and rivers have little or no large-woody-debris, they lack sinuosity, and we have only museum stocks left of our historical salmon runs. Several keystone species are listed as threatened or endangered in Kittitas County (including grey wolf, lynx, sage grouse, s

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Ellensburg, WA 98926

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509-551-8807

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