Center for Natural
Lands Management
South Sound Prairies Program
120 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 Nursery Program Manager


Elspeth Hilton Kim
Cooperative Conservation Program Manager


Joy Hochstein
Grants Administrator


Center for Natural Lands Management – Washington Program

The Center for Natural Lands Management ( is known for superior stewardship of natural lands and rare species. This expertise is also a focus for the South Sound Program, building on a 17 year track record of successfully restoring South Sound habitats as part of The Nature Conservancy. The South Sound Program will continue to focus much of its effort on the rarest habitats of the area – prairies, oak woodlands and the freshwater systems of the Black River. The major projects of the South Sound Program are:

  • Assisting Joint Base Lewis-McChord with restoration and conservation of their lands.
  • Restoration of prairies and oak woodlands throughout the South Sound region, assisting public agencies, non-profit organizations and private landowners with pest plant control, native habitat enhancements and prescribed fire.
  • Promoting conservation of prairies and oak woodlands throughout the Northwest, via the Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership.
  • Producing native plants and seed for use in restoration of prairies and oak woodlands, including partnering with the Sustainable Prisons Project to reduce costs and improve inmates' well-being.
  • Conserving the Black River and surrounding natural lands.
  • Conducting, and facilitating cutting-edge science that helps the effectiveness and efficiency of conservation actions.

The Center for Natural Lands Management also strives to protect significant conservation lands throughout Washington. A primary strategy of CNLM is to conserve important lands as part of development mitigation. The Center can hold lands in fee, support a conservation easement or conduct long-term management on a contract basis. The Center is a leader in assessing the long-term land management needs of a project and the costs needed to maintain the conservation values in perpetuity. The Center has developed an industry-recognized product, Property Analysis Record, to delineate those expenses.

Quarterly Highlights

The South Sound program produces highlights of their work each quarter, in its Quarterly Highlights:

Archive of Highlights

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 visit or contact Hannah Anderson.