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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South Sound Prairies Program
120 Union Ave SE #215
Olympia, WA 98501
Main line: 360-464-1024

Patrick Dunn
South Puget Sound 
Program Director

360-956-9713
pdunn@cnlm.org

Sanders Freed
Thurston County Program Manager

360-451-6696
sfreed@cnlm.org

Sarah Hamman
Prairie Conservation Science
Program Manager

360-283-5495
shamman@cnlm.org

Mason McKinley
Joint Base Lewis-McChord 
Program Manager

360-283-5493
mmckinley@cnlm.org

Sierra Smith
Conservation Nursery Program Manager

360-480-6105
ssmith@cnlm.org

Elspeth Hilton Kim
Cooperative Conservation Program Manager

360-464-2524
ekim@cnlm.org

Joy Hochstein
Grants Administrator

619-313-4640
jhochstein@cnlm.org

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.

Wednesday
Apr052017

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 2017

Preparing beds at the Conservation Nursery Farm (Photo Credit: Meredith Rafferty)

Conservation nursery prepares for Taylor's Checkerspot recovery across the Puget Sound

CNLM establishes stewardship endowment for three preserves

CNLM's JBLM fire monitoring yields data for species conservation

Expanded Taylor's Checkerspot recovery zone highlights scale of conservation efforts

Efforts to enhance Oregon spotted frog habitat include new method for invasive species resistance

 


Wednesday
Apr052017

CNLM's "Unlikely Alliance: From the Mountains to the Prairie"

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) works closely with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to conserve and protect the rare prairie landscape and species in the Pacific Northwest. CNLM recently released a video, “Unlikely Alliances: From the Mountains to the Prairie,” highlighting the mutual efforts to protect and enhance habitat for four threatened and endangered species:  Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly (Eupydryas editha taylori), Mazama pocket gopher (Thomomys mazama),  streaked horned lark (Eremophilia alpestris strigata), and golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta). 

After an introduction, the 22-minute video includes four sections, “Birds, Bombs and Butterflies” (2:23); “Prescribed Fire” (7:57); “Grazing” (12:00); and “Bayshore Preserve” (17:10). Each section highlights partnerships that have allowed for increased on-the-ground outcomes, and introduces CNLM staff, volunteers, and partners. The efforts highlighted in this video are part of a larger effort of South Sound Prairie partners, including the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, to recover vulnerable species. To date, these partnerships have reduced streaked horned lark nest failures on JBLM through increased communication and altered mowing regimes, increased populations of Mazama pocket gopher through translocation, and established new populations of Taylor’s checkerspot through a captive rearing and reintroduction program.  

These are just some of the unique highlights from these great and continuing partnerships.  Watch the video below to find out more!

Wednesday
Jan112017

CNLM's South Sound Program Quarterly Highlights