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

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.

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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 rain has begun, which means it's time to plant prairie seedling plugs. 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 Tim Leque by email or by phone at (360) 338-2682.


South Sound Prairie Quarterly Highlights

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

October-December 2014

Acorn Woodpeckers Respond To Restoration at JBLM

In the oak woodlands across the south Sound, including areas on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, CNLM staff and volunteers have been hard at work releasing oaks from the shade of Douglas fir trees, controlling weeds choking out small oak saplings, and clearing brush and Scot’s broom to lessen the severity of the restoration burns happening across the...

Goodbye Webster’s: The End of an Era

On December 31, 2014 we officially shuttered the Webster’s native seed farm. This site served as the training ground for CNLM’s seed production program and taught us how to take a small volunteer powered nursery and turn it into one of the largest suppliers of native seed in Western Washington. In its final year Webster’s seed farm produced...

Pelletized Seed On The Prairie

This fall, one of our previous VetCorps members, Deston Denniston, showcased his passion and skill for restoration by creating pelletized seed for a large-scale seeding project with CNLM. Working together with Sarah Krock, Deston and others seeded experimental plots at three prairie sites with 9 native species...

Boom Year for South Puget Sound Streaked Horned Lark

2014 was a great year for the Streaked Horned Larks breeding on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Data shows that nest success in 2014 was approximately 90% greater than 2013, resulting in the banding of 104 nestlings (up more than 50% than 2013). In addition to the benefit of increased nest success, the increased number of nestlings banded will strengthen our analysis of juvenile survivorship...

Welcome Gary Slater, Our Newest Staff Member

Have you seen an eastern bluebird or brown-headed nuthatch in Everglades National Park? How about a western bluebird on San Juan or Vancouver Island? If so, you have observed the conservation outcome of some of the work conducted by Gary Slater, who was hired by CNLM in late October as an avian...




New video about the South Sound Prairies

The South Puget Sound Program of the Center for Natural Lands Management is excited to share with you our new video about the South Sound Prairies. For use by the South Sound Prairies conservation community, this video aims to provide background information about the prairies as well as provide some insight about the type and breadth of conservation actions being carried out to restore and maintain the prairies.

“If we don’t preserve these prairies where they are now, there are quite a few species that are likely to disappear from this area.” See beautiful images and hear more from plant ecologist Peter Dunwiddie as well as from landowner Bryan Fisher and volunteer Darlene Bidwell about the past, present, and future of South Sound Prairies.

We encourage you to share this video with your network, just use the YouTube link ( or contact for more information about using the video in your work.


South Puget Sound Prairie Landscape Working Group

The South Puget Sound Prairie Landscape Working Group is an informal group striving to promote and improve the management and planning of conservation actions on the prairies and associated habitats of South Puget Sound.

This group includes members from public agencies and private organizations, with knowledge and expertise in natural area management and planning, who will work together to share expertise, develop resources, and effectively plan and implement future conservation activities. Although individual members may physically work only on individual prairies, the working group will focus on the entire South Puget Sound prairie system. The overriding goal for the working group is to improve the natural resources of South Puget Sound prairies.

There is an upcoming meeting of the South Puget Sound Prairie Landscape Working Group. If you're a member of the technical prairie community and would like to attend the meeting, please contact Elspeth Kim ( for meeting information.


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...