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

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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CNLM's South Sound Program Quarterly Highlights 


The MAPS Program at Glacial Heritage Preserve 


For the past two weeks a group of students, AmeriCorps members, and CNLM employees have been showing up at Glacial Heritage Preserve at sunrise. As soon as the first light of day appears, so do the siluettes of bird enthusiasts carrying, nets, bird guides and yes…plenty of coffee mugs. You might be wondering what on earth is motivating these people to wake up so early. Well, the group has been training for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program. MAPS is a bird banding program that aims to assist in understanding the ecology and conservation issues facing North American breeding birds.

Dawn at Glacial Heritage Preserve. Credit: Carola Tejeda

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A recap of Prairie Appreciation Day 2016

On May 14, the Friends of Puget Prairies along with more than 12 organizations working on prairie conservation celebrated the 21st Annual Prairie Appreciation Day. Prairie Appreciation Day is a family-oriented educational event that celebrates the beauty of our local South Sound Prairies. Every year, the event takes place at Thurston County's Glacial Heritage Preserve, a premier nature preserve that hosts several rare species including the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly. This preserve is typically not open to the public except on Prairie Appreciation Day when visitors can and witness the wildflower blankets covering the lush green prairie grasses.

The landscape at Prairie Appreciation Day 2016. Credit: Meredith Rafferty

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