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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Lands Management
South Sound Prairies Program
120 Union Ave SE #215
Olympia, WA 98501
Main line: 360-464-1024
ctejeda@cnlm.org 

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
Nov232016

What we are thankful for 

During this time of the year people often reflect on the things they are thankful for. The Center for Natural Lands Management is thankful for many things including our volunteers, staff, interns, and partners, who help us restore the prairies and protect imperiled species. Although we are thankful for these things everyday and not just on a holiday, we thought it would be good to voice our appreciation for the little things in life that put a smile on our faces or make our work easier. We also wanted to use this opportunity to thank the people that support our efforts. We asked CNLM staff members and conservation partners what they were thankful for this year and this is what they had to say:

 CNLM's staff, volunteers and partners planting plugs at Tenalquot Preserve earlier this month. Credit: Josh Stephani.

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Monday
Nov072016

Supporting Veterans through Prairie Conservation: The Veterans Conservation Corps and CNLM Internship Program 

Matthew Smith, a 2014 VCC intern working at Violet Prairie Seed Farm.Enacted through state legislation in 2005, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) aims to educate veterans about conservation through hands-on work experience and give program graduates a competitive advantage in the environmental job field. At the heart of the VCC program is the concept of eco-therapy, the belief that spending time in nature makes people healthier. The VCC provides statewide conservation opportunities that allow veterans to spend time outdoors as one of the means of assisting with transition from active duty while providing them with more pathways for education and employment.

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Monday
Oct172016

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.

 July to September 2016

Larks found on new deposition sites on Columbia River

CNLM partnership helps recover checkerspots in the Olympic National Forest

Using coconut mats to support Oregon spotted frogs

Building partnerships to protect working prairie lands

Studying the private lives of checkerspot larvae