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East Cascades Outstanding Biodiversity Features

  • Diverse coniferous forests. These forests include a range of dominant species, from whitebark pine and subalpine fir at high elevations to ponderosa pine parklands lower down.
  • Mardon skipper butterflies in southern fescue grasslands. Near the Columbia River Gorge, ponderosa pine savannas carpeted with fescue grass offer prime habitat for the endangered mardon skipper butterfly.

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