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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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.


The rains nourish our prairies

By Carola Tejeda, CNLM's Conservation Assistant 

Rainbow at Glacial Heritage Preserve. Picture by Carola Tejeda Precipitation has returned to Western Washington. The rains bring more than just water to the prairies, they bring life. Rains represent the redistribution of water and nutrients across the prairie landscapes. Much of the rainfall we receive in this region originated as condensed ocean water. While heavy downpours can strip some of the soil’s nutrients, the continuous moderate rains we get in Western Washington usually return nutrients to the soil.

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Oaks Have a Lot of Gall

By Anne Schuster, conservation specialist at Wolf Haven International

Honeypot galls caused by a cynipid wasp If you ever find yourself standing amongst oaks, look up to the branches or down at the fallen oak leaves. You will probably see some funny looking knobby round things stuck to the branches and leaves. These oddities are called galls. Galls are abnormal structures that grow on plants as a result of invading viruses, bacteria, fungi, mistletoe, nematodes, mites, and most often, insects (especially wasps).  In addition to wasps, there are species of fly, moth, beetle and true bugs that also make plant galls. The good news is that the types of wasps that cause galls do not sting.

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CNLM's South Sound Program Quarterly Highlights 

July-September 2015

The South Sound Program has been working on prairie conservation for almost two decades. We work with a wide-range of public agencies and private landowners assisting with protection and restoration of prairies.

We're bringing back the seasonal splendor of annuals!

Volunteers wipeout Scotch broom from several prairie preserve units

Eleven veterans complete the 2015 VCC with CNLM Program

We are establishing prairie on actively grazed lands!

We are counting what counts! Study on plug survivorship will help us help the checkerspots