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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Joint Staffing Effort Addresses Field Season Bottleneck

Karen and Paul conduct golden paintbrush monitoringOn-the-ground conservation work ebbs and flows with the seasons, and for those conserving prairies in the Pacific Northwest, the busy season runs from April to October. This is the time to control invasives like Scotch broom, monitor research experiments, collect native seeds for use in future restoration, and conduct prescribed burns. Juggling staffing on these different tasks can be difficult, given that the projects can be sporadic and weather-dependent.

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The Case of the Disappearing Lark Decoys

A streaked horned lark decoy (photo: Hannah Anderson)Biologist Hannah Anderson of the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) had a mystery on her hands. Conducting an experiment to see if she could lure rare streaked horned larks away from unprotected lands to safer habitat, she placed three-dimensional lark decoys at a site near Portland. She also set up speakers to waft the larks’ distinctive songs into the air. But one-by-one, the lark decoys started to disappear.


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New CNLM Quarterly Highlights

You can find the latest highlights from the Center for Natural Lands Management's South Sound Program here. You'll hear about the rare plant and wildlife species that make their home at Tenalquot Prairie Preserve, our ever-expanding native plant and seed production program, our new interns, and why we've been working on bat conservation in the prairies.