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Habitat Loss in Washington

Land conversion resulting in the loss of suitability of habitat is arguably the single most important factor responsible for the long lists of species and ecosystems of concern in Washington. Lands have been, and continue to be, converted for residential, commercial, and agricultural purposes, construction of roads and railroads, and construction of dams and other means of controlling the flow of water. Rates of conversion have been associated with both population growth and the development of technologies and transportation systems.

Lands in eastern Washington continue to be converted to orchards, vineyards, organic farms, golf courses and other recreational developments. Those lands remaining in a natural or semi-natural state are increasingly fragmented and isolated.

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