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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.

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The wildflower bloom cycle is beginning; please join us on Tuesdays amongst the wild flowers for prairie restoration activities and wild seed collection. We are also working every Friday at our farms raising seed for prairie restoration. Come see the lowland wild flowers in full bloom this season while restoring this rare ecosystem! 

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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 Tim Leque by email or by phone at (360) 338-2682.


2015 Lark breeding season update 

The lark breeding season is well on the way, and CNLM field biologists have already located 30 nests at three monitored sites at JBLM prairies. All known lark pairs have initiated their first nest attempts, and several nests have successfully fledged young. 

The number of pairs at McChord Airfield seems to have doubled, compared to last year. CNLM biologists are also finding that clutch sizes (number of eggs) laid in late May are increasing, relative to earlier nests.  Larger clutch sizes are typical of later season nest attempts, when more food is available for the adults to stuff into their kids' hungry little mouths.

Two day old nestlings at McChord Airfield A recently fledged, color-banded, lark.


Growers, restoration partners and students come together at the Violet Prairie Seed Farm

On May 8th the sun was shining and the flowers blooming as restoration partners came together at CNLM’s Violet Prairie Seed Farm to see the progression of the South Sound Prairie Conservation Nursery.  The second year balsamroot was in full splendor and the next five rows of first year plants hinted at the seed harvests to come.  Two rows of harsh paintbrush grabbed the eye and again the next eleven rows of fresh transplants…