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
Jan072016

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

 

 

Monday
Dec212015

The Gift of Conservation

Pollination is one of the ecosystem services provided by the South Sound Prairies. CNLM’s  projects protect sensitive prairie and oak woodland habitats and their imperiled species, but they impact more than just those plants and animals. Saving species and habitats also improves the lives of human neighbors. Although it is impossible to count all the ways in which the natural world can enrich our lives, there are clear benefits to strong and healthy ecosystems. From clean water and air, to pollination, healthy prairies and woodlands provide services that support local human populations.

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Saturday
Dec052015

Snags: Eyesore or Home?

By Anne Schuster, conservation specialist at Wolf Haven International

Snag at Wolf Haven Prairie. Photo by Anne Schuster.Standing dead trees might be creepy eyesores to some or an accident waiting to happen if they are in the wrong place, but these standing dead trees, called snags, are also a great source of biodiversity. In Western Washington, there are almost 100 different animal species that use snags.

The decomposing wood is a 5 star restaurant for many insects, like ants and termites. This dead wood is also softer than a living tree’s, which makes it easier for woodpeckers to drill into in search of these dining insects and to make cavities for nesting.

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