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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Request for proposal open: Taylor's checkerspot habitat enhancement review and strategy development

The Center for Natural Lands Management is soliciting proposals from qualified contractors to develop a strategy that strengthens the scientific basis of habitat enhancement planning and determination of site readiness for reintroduction of Taylor's checkerspot butterflies in the South Puget Sound lowlands. Submittals will be reviewed commencing June 18, 2012. You can find the full details here.


Can you tell the difference between a gopher and a mole?

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has just released a helpful card that explains the key differences between Mazama pocket gophers and moles, and the mounds they create. Check it out here!


Captive Rearing in Prisons

The new Taylor's checkerspot captive rearing program at the Mission Creek Correctional Center for Women was highlighted in a recent article in the well-regarded Conservation Magazine. The article also featured the Oregon spotted frog captive rearing program at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, where frogs are being reared for release into a protected wetland at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

These innovative programs are the work of the Sustainable Prisons Project, a partnership between The Evergreen State College and the Washington State Department of Corrections. Read the article here.