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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CNLM's South Sound Program Quarterly Highlights 


What we are thankful for 

During this time of the year people often reflect on the things they are thankful for. The Center for Natural Lands Management is thankful for many things including our volunteers, staff, interns, and partners, who help us restore the prairies and protect imperiled species. Although we are thankful for these things everyday and not just on a holiday, we thought it would be good to voice our appreciation for the little things in life that put a smile on our faces or make our work easier. We also wanted to use this opportunity to thank the people that support our efforts. We asked CNLM staff members and conservation partners what they were thankful for this year and this is what they had to say:

 CNLM's staff, volunteers and partners planting plugs at Tenalquot Preserve earlier this month. Credit: Josh Stephani.

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Supporting Veterans through Prairie Conservation: The Veterans Conservation Corps and CNLM Internship Program 

Matthew Smith, a 2014 VCC intern working at Violet Prairie Seed Farm.Enacted through state legislation in 2005, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) aims to educate veterans about conservation through hands-on work experience and give program graduates a competitive advantage in the environmental job field. At the heart of the VCC program is the concept of eco-therapy, the belief that spending time in nature makes people healthier. The VCC provides statewide conservation opportunities that allow veterans to spend time outdoors as one of the means of assisting with transition from active duty while providing them with more pathways for education and employment.

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