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


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.


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




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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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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