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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CNLM's "Unlikely Alliance: From the Mountains to the Prairie"

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) works closely with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to conserve and protect the rare prairie landscape and species in the Pacific Northwest. CNLM recently released a video, “Unlikely Alliances: From the Mountains to the Prairie,” highlighting the mutual efforts to protect and enhance habitat for four threatened and endangered species:  Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly (Eupydryas editha taylori), Mazama pocket gopher (Thomomys mazama),  streaked horned lark (Eremophilia alpestris strigata), and golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta). 

After an introduction, the 22-minute video includes four sections, “Birds, Bombs and Butterflies” (2:23); “Prescribed Fire” (7:57); “Grazing” (12:00); and “Bayshore Preserve” (17:10). Each section highlights partnerships that have allowed for increased on-the-ground outcomes, and introduces CNLM staff, volunteers, and partners. The efforts highlighted in this video are part of a larger effort of South Sound Prairie partners, including the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, to recover vulnerable species. To date, these partnerships have reduced streaked horned lark nest failures on JBLM through increased communication and altered mowing regimes, increased populations of Mazama pocket gopher through translocation, and established new populations of Taylor’s checkerspot through a captive rearing and reintroduction program.  

These are just some of the unique highlights from these great and continuing partnerships.  Watch the video below to find out more!

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