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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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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CNLM's South Sound Program Quarterly Highlights 

The 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.

January to March 2016

Oregon spotted frogs at Mima Creek Preserve

The Restoration of Mazama Meadows Conservation Bank 

CNLM research: Microsites matter

Expanding lark nesting habitat

Monthly speaker series helps inform and engage community

Regional Native Seed Storage Facility is Up and Running


Spring work ensures productive plants 

By Sierra Smith, South Sound Conservation Nursery Program Manager

The farm crew thinning rows of sea blush at Violet Prairie Seed Farm. On the farm, we have been working right through the early spring storms thinning all of our rows of native annual plants.  Good germination has produced very dense stands, which we thin to one plant every 6 inches. By taking out the extra seedlings that have germinated too close together, we are ensuring that the plants that remain have enough space to thrive and grow to maturity.

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