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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 Sound Sound Program Quarterly Highlights

April-June 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.

Flowers, fires and farms

Springtime was busy and beautiful at the native seed farms.  While we did not  have much time to stop and smell the flowers, we definitely appreciated them as we weeded, planted, and harvested seed around them.

This spring and summer, our productivity for chickweed and other plants at Violet Prairie...

Prairie Partners celebrate the 20th anniversary of Prairie Appreciation Day!

 Prairie Appreciation Day is a yearly event organized every spring at Glacial Heritage Preserve to celebrate the natural beauty of the South Sound Prairies.The event is organized by Friends of Puget Prairies in collaboration with multiple federal, state, and local organizations working on prairie conservation. The 2015 event was held on May 9th, when we celebrated the...

Release the camas!

 The 13th Division Prairie on Joint Base Lewis-McChord is at peak flower season, and you can hardly tell that the land stretching before you along the meandering South Creek was once choked with Scotch broom just two seasons ago. In close cooperation with JBLM Fish and Wildlife, CNLM has been conducting extensive habitat enhancements on a portion the 13th Division...

The Prairie Quality Monitoring team is ready to quantify our restoration success!

This summer, CNLM’s Prairie Quality Monitoring (PQM) team has been devoted to assessing prairie quality and habitat on protected prairie sites throughout Thurston County. These sites were initially monitored between 2007 and 2009, when restoration efforts were in earlier stages. Now, after many years of working collaboratively with South Sound Prairie partners to restore the prairies, we are working to quantify how our actions have improved...

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