North Pacific Alpine and Subalpine Dry Grassland

These are high-elevation, dry meadows, particularly south-facing slopes, typically imbedded in or above subalpine forests and woodlands. They are most extensive in the eastern Cascades, although they also occur in the Olympic Mountains. Alpine and subalpine dry grasslands are small openings to large open ridges above or drier than high-elevation conifer trees. They are dominated by bunchgrasses, most commonly Idaho fescue, greenleaf fescue, and Roemer's fescue, often with an early-season wildflower component. For more information, see NatureServe Explorer.

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