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The Shrub-Steppe

Shrub-steppe communities form the iconic western landscape of open sagebrush plains, rim rock, and tumbleweeds. The shrub-steppe is a semi-arid plant community of perennial bunch grass, forbs and intermittent shrubs rooting out of its characteristic deep-soil. Our shrub-steppe in Kittitas County hosts various species of amphibians, reptiles, small and large mammals, and birds. Many species of concern such as the striped whipsnake and the sage brush lizard call this area home as do state candidate species like the Townsend’s ground squirrel and both black and white-tailed jackrabbits. Local birders can enjoy glimpses of sage grouse, sage sparrow, sage thrashers, and loggerhead shrikes. Roughl

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