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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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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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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CNLM's South Sound Program Quarterly Highlights

October-December 2015

CNLM’s South Sound Program has been working on prairie conservation for almost two decades. We work with a wide-range of public agencies and private landowners assisting with protection and restoration of prairies and oak woodlands. 

CNLM develops a new seed production method for the threatened golden paintbrush

The Science Program hunts for mushrooms!

CPOP brings together renowned experts in prairie and oak woodland conservation

Our new employee Joseph Dye takes the Dan Kelly Ridge Preserve trial