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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

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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.


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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.


July-September Program Highlights

What a beautiful summer we've had! The dry weather has been beneficial for a very successful seed harvest as well as a prescribed fire season.

Veterans restore South Sound prairies through new Veteran Conservation Corps Program

Veterans can now gain job experience in conservation and land management through a new Veteran Conservation Corps program offered by the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA).   The program, a collaboration between WDVA and the Center for Natural Lands Management was launched this spring to connect veterans with environmental careers in the community. Eight veterans have joined the program...

Turning Research into Production for Golden Paintbrush

On a remote corner of Glacial Heritage preserve Eric Delvin established a research plot to examine the best method of restoring native prairie on abandoned agricultural fields.  Five years later, these plots host the largest population of the federally threatened Golden Paintbrush in the world, with over 600,000 flowering plants.  This is not only an incredible...

Americorps Alums: Where are they now?

The Americorps program with CNLM provides an excellent opportunity for recent college graduates to learn about on-the-ground restoration, native plant propagation and conservation science, which provides a great stepping stone for...


Successful Knotweed Season Completed

As the 2014 Knotweed Program field season winds down, we can celebrate almost 50 river miles surveyed and almost 30 total acres of knotweed treated this year. Most of that work was done on the Satsop River, where the knotweed under the ordinary high water mark has been significantly reduced, and we can start to tackle the upland infestations.  In our other systems, knotweed has...

Exceptional Fire Season Completed with Help of Additional Resources

Our prescribed fire program is continuing to grow and we are now able to have multiple operations simultaneously.Even though we have had a difficult time getting our permitting worked out for our summer burn season on ACUB sites, we have managed to have an exceptional season at JBLM. This year, we have been able to build a larger collaborative pool of resources...

Department of Defense headquarters staff visits South Sound for successful 4th ACUB Biennial Review

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, familiarly known as the JBLM ACUB, is going strong in its 8th year.  This September DOD headquarters staff visited South Sound for our 4th ACUB Biennial Review.  Partner representation at the Review was “the most robust in the nation” and reflected the strong collaboration...


Sentinel Landscapes Recognized in White House Blog

We are honored to be recognized in the most recent White House Rural Council Blog. The blog post discusses the successes of the Sentinel Landscape partnership thus far, and recognizes CNLM and partners for our roles. The South Sound Prairies were designated the first Sentinel Landscape in the Country last year.

"Sentinel Landscapes: Where Conservation, Working Lands, and National Defense Interests Converge."


April - June Quarterly Highlights

A very busy streaked horned lark season!

We’ve had a very active season working with streaked horned larks in South Sound as well as the Columbia River.  We’ve partnered with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to understand lark distribution in these regions, monitor populations, and minimize known direct threats to the species.  By working together we can find solutions that balance the needs of this listed species with the objectives of these federal entities: the Army to train troops, and the Corps to maintain the important navigation channel of the Columbia River....

Ready for fire

CNLM and its partners have spent the last nine months preparing for the 2014 burn season. Burn plans and permits have been completed. Our intrepid seasonal burn boss from Florida has returned to Puget Sound. CNLM has trained 20 new firefighters from...

The Changing Face of the Violet Prairie Seed Farm

If you are passing by the South Sound Speedway, make a quick turn on Gibson road and take a look at CNLM’s newest seed farm. Things are changing quickly. Plants started last fall have...


CNLM and partners host three grazing management workshops

CNLM, in cooperation with Washinton State University Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service, hosted three grazing management workshops this summer for approximately 60 local ranchers, farmers, land managers and agency representatives from around western Washington. Each workshop focused on a different theme, covering topics such as forage growth and development, stocking rate, breed selection, livestock nutritional needs, prairies as grazing lands, and rare species management on private lands....

State Wildlife Grant receives second phase of funding

CNLM, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and nine other partners, continue to conduct habitat restoration on twenty-five priority prairie-oak sites on over 1,000 acres of public and private land in Washington and Oregon through a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) competitive State Wildlife Grant (SWG). The project, which aims to...


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 (Wildfire Fighting Training and Certification), 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.