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Featured Ecosystems

Washingtonā€™s ecosystems are diverse not only in the number of types, but also in the approaches to classifying them. Learn about some of the most interesting ones here.

Washington's Ecological Systems

  • Iconic Ecosystems

    When people think of Washington, they often visualize the Pacific Coast, conifer forests, and high mountains. Ecosystems of these areas are highlighted in this section.

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  • Endemic Ecosystems

    Washington has sseveral unique ecosystems including the Columbia River Gorge at the southern border and Channeled Scablands in the southeast.

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  • Disappearing Landscapes

    Changing conditions have had a negative impact on most vegetation types in Washington. Expanding human population, conversion to farmland, and fire suppression have caused substantial declines in several.

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