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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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What’s going on with the “herps” in the South Sound?

Scientists wish they knew more about Northwest populations of amphibians and reptiles (collectively known as “herptiles,” or “herps”). There’s only incomplete data on the species present, their habits and their numbers. That’s partly because many species are secretive - some spending most of their lives underground – and partly because, historically, there hasn’t been much funding for studying these creatures. But studying herptiles is critical to understanding what is needed to protect them.

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Early results of prairie native seed establishment study are in

The amount of land being restored for prairie conservation in Washington has expanded from hundreds to thousands of acres a year. The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) is conducting a study that was funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine the most effective ways to seed native plants for prairie restoration.

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Creating a home for the Oregon spotted frog

Occurring only in the Northwest, the Oregon spotted frog appears to have been extirpated (made locally extinct) from more than three-quarters of its former range. Historically, these frogs found the habitat they prefer – open water with some shallow areas and aquatic plants – in the flood plains of larger bodies of water. As humans have controlled flooding and introduced invasive species, suitable habitat has decreased.

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