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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Lands Management
South Sound Prairies Program
120 Union Ave SE #215
Olympia, WA 98501
Main line: 360-464-1024
ctejeda@cnlm.org 

Patrick Dunn
South Puget Sound 
Program Director

360-956-9713
pdunn@cnlm.org

Sanders Freed
Thurston County Program Manager

360-451-6696
sfreed@cnlm.org

Sarah Hamman
Prairie Conservation Science
Program Manager

360-283-5495
shamman@cnlm.org

Mason McKinley
Joint Base Lewis-McChord 
Program Manager

360-283-5493
mmckinley@cnlm.org

Sierra Smith
Conservation Nursery Program Manager

360-480-6105
ssmith@cnlm.org

Elspeth Hilton Kim
Cooperative Conservation Program Manager

360-464-2524
ekim@cnlm.org

Joy Hochstein
Grants Administrator

619-313-4640
jhochstein@cnlm.org

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 contact Elspeth Hilton Kim.

Thursday
Feb182016

Five Lessons Learned at Thurston County’s HCP Workshop

By Stacy Klein-Thurston County's Public Information Officer

Asking for input … a slide from Thurston County’s HCP Workshop in November 2015.The Thurston County government recently hosted a workshop to talk with people who are interested in its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Thirty-three people were invited and most of them showed up. They listened, asked smart questions and provided helpful feedback. Here are five things I learned, some of which were surprising.

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Saturday
Feb132016

How two prairie volunteers fell in love

By Dennis Plank-Friends of Puget Prairies member

With Valentine's Day approaching soon, we asked Dennis to share with us how he met his wife Michelle while they were both volunteering to restore the prairies. While not every volunteering story ends like this, we believe there are different kinds of love, as we often witness our volunteer's love and dedication for the prairies and their caring for each other.  Read Dennis' and Michelle's love story below. 

 
      

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Thursday
Jan212016

South Sound Prairies 2016 New Year's resolutions

Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. New Year's resolutions allow us to take the time to think of what really matters to us and what our contribution to the world is.  For us, this means renewing our commitment of conserving and restoring the South Sound Prairies and oak woodlands. But we know that a goal without a plan is just a wish, so our staff always spends a good deal of time making sure that our planned restoration and conservation actions for each year are achievable, measurable and effective. 

Biologist monitoring Taylor's checkerpots at a butterfly release site.

We asked our staff and partners to share with us some of their New Year's resolutions that will help the South Sound Prairies.  Knowing that it can be hard to ask people to change their traditional lifestyle to help a cause, we also asked them to provide some tips regarding easy changes that people can make to help the our prairies and oak woodlands. Check out what they said:

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