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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
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


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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 Elspeth Hilton Kim.

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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...

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