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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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

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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.


Upcoming Meeting | 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...


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...