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 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 2017

Staff at the Violet Prairie Nursery Prepare Beds for Spring Conservation Efforts (Photo Credit: Meredith Rafferty)

Conservation nursery prepares for Taylor's Checkerspot recovery across the Puget Sound

CNLM establishes stewardship endowment for three preserves

CNLM's JBLM fire monitoring yields data for species conservation

Expanded Taylor's Checkerspot recovery zone highlights scale of conservation efforts

Efforts to enhance Oregon spotted frog habitat include new method for invasive species resistance


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