Photos by Emily Crabill / TNC
Our land stewards – as well as our partners at state and federal agencies and other private landowners – have been hard at work collecting and spreading native seeds, repairing fences and mapping the damage. We understand the timeline for recovering the health and functionality of this ecosystem now stretches much farther into the future than before.
There’s hope in the opportunity for support from the Legislature this session: A proposal from Sen. Judy Warnick (R-13) aims to restore shrub-steppe habitat and wildlife populations and support communities affected by the 2020 wildfires with immediate funding for on-the-ground restoration via a budget proviso. The proposal also funds a stakeholder planning process for identifying longer-term conservation needs for the shrub-steppe and rangelands of Eastern Washington, including recommendations for helping to prevent devastating wildfires, fire response, recovery and restoration.
You can support the short- and long-term recovery of this irreplaceable landscape by adding your name (or your organization’s name) to a letter to Governor Inslee and budget writers today. Click the button below to read the letter and help restore Washington’s irreplaceable shrub-steppe landscape and the lives that depend on it.