Video loading...

Preserving Washington’s Shrub-Steppe

Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.

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.

Environment