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Center for Natural Lands Management

The Sound Sound Program of the Center for Natural Lands Management conserves prairies, oak woodlands and freshwater in the South Sound. The Center for Natural Lands Management is headquartered in California. Learn more about CNLM.

Mazama Pocket Gopher

Mazama pocket gophers are an important component in South Sound prairies. While still found in Thurston and Pierce Counties, they are globally rare and considered threatened with extinction by the State of Washington.
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Audrey Lamb
Center for Natural Lands Management
Phone/Fax : 360.357.6280

Technical Information

Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership brings together professional conservationists and restorationists from throughout the Northwest. If you would like to reference scientific papers about prairies or network with the professional conservation community please contact Hannah Anderson.


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Volunteer News

We are enjoying the sunshine this summer as we collect wild seed and remove Scotch broom. Join in on the fun every Tuesday, Friday and second Saturday at our volunteer days.

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Riparian Restoration

The CNLM Riparian Restoration Program has been working with landowners in the Chehalis Basin since 2004 to provide knotweed control services at no cost to landowners. All of our services require an agreement that allows us access to private property.  Please contact Dave Geroux by email or by phone at (360) 280 8304.


CNLM is hiring three Americorps positions

Anne removes non-native hawthorn from the Fisher Ranch.If you visited a prairie managed by CNLM, have volunteered with CNLM, or have talked to our staff at a fair this year, it is likely you have met Cara, Anne, or Jessika. You may meet Cara out in the field leading a plant monitoring crew.  You may see Jessika weeding or collecting native plant seed at Webster’s seed farm or Violet Prairie Seed Farm. You may run into Anne on a tour of Wolf Haven’s prairie or working with educators to create prairie-related outreach materials for school groups. What do these three people all have in common? They are all Americorps service members with the Center for Natural Lands Management.

Americorps service members have been key members of CNLM’s team in the South Sound for over five years. Service members have traveled  from as far as Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, New York, and as close as Olympia and Onalaska to join CNLM’s South Sound Prairies team. These individuals bring diverse skills and background to their positions, and leave with even more experience, confidence, and the ability to work collaboratively and creatively within a conservation organization.

Americorps members Dom, Jessika, Jordin, Anne, and Cara with kittens at Shotwell's Landing.We are hiring three positions—a Native Plant Propagation Specialist, a Prairie Science Specialist, and a Volunteer Coordinator/Restoration Specialist. These 10.5 month positions include a living stipend and multiple certifications such as Red Card, herbicide certification, and CPR/First Aid. The positions offer the opportunity to creatively contribute to critical on-the-ground conservation work, from growing prairie plants and controlling non-native species, to researching the effects of fire on the prairie, to engaging volunteers and members of the community on prairie conservation. The term of service runs from October 1 to August 15, and candidates who are between ages 18 and 26 are eligible to apply. Apply soon, the application period ends July 31.


CNLM Quarterly Highlights

This spring has been full of new beginnings for our program. We have acquired a new preserve in the South Sound, started a new internship program for veterans in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and launched the CPOP website including the technical library. The release of Taylor's checkerspot larvae at two sites represents the cooperative work of many conservation partners and we are very excited to be part of this effort. Read about these stories and more in our newest quarterly highlights!

Celebration with CNLM staff and volunteers at the new Deschutes River Preserve.


Upcoming Managed-Intensive Grazing Workshops

Managed-intensive Grazing in Western Washington
A 3-part course for anyone who manages livestock on pastures in the Northwest

In a series of three classes which blend classroom learning with hands-on site visits, livestock producers big and small will learn how to customize a management system that will enable their pastures – and their livestock – to reach their maximum production potential, while also maintaining or promoting native habitat. If managed appropriately, high pasture productivity translates to enhanced profits, healthier environments, and happier livestock. 

WHEN: May 21st, June 20th, July 24th
WHERE: Thurston County, WA: Lacey, Olympia, Grand Mound, Tenino
COST: $40/class or $90 for complete 3-part course (Best Deal!). Includes lunch and refreshments, and bus service to/from the site visits.

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CNLM Protects New Prairie Site in the South Sound

The Deschutes River Preserve will be restored to native prairie.The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) has purchased 140 acres in South Thurston County to protect native habitats and wildlife. Known as the Deschutes River Preserve, the property is home to a population of Mazama pocket gophers, recently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Restoration efforts on the preserve could support more rare plants and animals, such as the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, streaked horned lark, and golden paintbrush.

The Deschutes River Preserve includes grassland, oak woodland, riparian habitat, and is bordered by the Deschutes River. Located near the town of Rainier, the preserve was previously the Northwest Equestrian Center.

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