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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Center for Natural
Lands Management
South Sound Prairies Program

120 East Union Ave. SE #215
Olympia WA 98501
Main line: 360-464-1024 

Patrick Dunn
South Puget Sound 
Program Director


Sanders Freed
Thurston County Program Manager


Sarah Hamman
Prairie Conservation Science
Program Manager


Mason McKinley
Joint Base Lewis-McChord 
Program Manager


Sierra Smith
Conservation Plant Nursery Manager


Elspeth Hilton Kim
Conservation Coordinator


Joy Hotchstein
Grants Administrator


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 Elspeth Hilton Kim.


CNLM's South Sound Program Quarterly Highlights 

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.

January to March 2016

Oregon spotted frogs at Mima Creek Preserve

The Restoration of Mazama Meadows Conservation Bank 

CNLM research: Microsites matter

Expanding lark nesting habitat

Monthly speaker series helps inform and engage community

Regional Native Seed Storage Facility is Up and Running


CNLM's Native Seed Farm is hiring!

 Spring is here and the farm is about to erupt into bloom! We could use a few additional hands to help with weeding and harvest this season. We have a great crew and are looking for a couple more motivated folks who want to work in alternative agriculture and help save the prairies. No knowledge of native species is required, just an interest in farming, community and hard work. If you want to spend every day outside getting dirty, surrounded by native flowers, come check us out. The job is full time for six months starting now.

Click on the link below for more information about this opportunity. 


2015 Native Seed Farm crew

Spring work ensures productive plants 

By Sierra Smith, South Sound Conservation Nursery Program Manager

The farm crew thinning rows of sea blush at Violet Prairie Seed Farm. On the farm, we have been working right through the early spring storms thinning all of our rows of native annual plants.  Good germination has produced very dense stands, which we thin to one plant every 6 inches. By taking out the extra seedlings that have germinated too close together, we are ensuring that the plants that remain have enough space to thrive and grow to maturity.

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