Video loading...

Preserving Washington’s Shrub-Steppe

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+.

Produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Conservation Northwest, and filmmakers Ted Grudowski and Darrin Gunkel, This Land Is Part of Us shows the importance of shrub-steppe in central Washington’s Columbia Basin. It’s a land of rich biodiversity, vibrant communities, and poignant beauty. But after severe wildfires and destructive habitat fragmentation, a few groups are stepping in to forge a sustainable future for this unique ecosystem.