Center for Natural
Lands Management
South Sound Prairies Program

120 East Union Ave. SE #215
Olympia WA 98501
Main line: 360-464-1024 

Patrick Dunn
South Puget Sound 
Program Director


Hannah Anderson
Regional Rare Species 
Program Manager


Sanders Freed
Thurston County Program Manager


Sarah Hamman
Prairie Conservation Science
Program Manager


Mason McKinley
Joint Base Lewis-McChord 
Program Manager


Sierra Smith
Conservation Plant Nursery Manager


Joy Hotchstein
Grants Administrator


Volunteer Release Form

To volunteer with us you must complete a volunteer release form. On the second page you will see an optional  photograph release form that we would like you to complete so we can use any pictures we take of you to promote our volunteer program and show people all the good work that our volunteers are doing. If you are under 18 years old please have your parent or legal guardian complete the forms. Thanks!

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.