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The mission of the Center for Natural Lands Management is: (a) to conserve native species, their habitat and functioning ecosystems in perpetuity; (b) to own and/or manage lands in an ecologically beneficial manner consistent with local, state and federal environmental laws and with science-based stewardship; (c) to promote the conservation values of such lands through education; (d) to promote and facilitate uses of such lands by the public that preserve the conservation values; and (e) to cooperate with public and private entities in their efforts to protect native species and their habitats for the public benefit.
The Center for Natural Lands Management (www.cnlm.org) is known for superior stewardship of natural lands and rare species. This expertise is also a focus for the South Sound Prairies Program, building on a 20-year track record of successfully restoring South Sound habitats as part of The Nature Conservancy. The South Sound Prairies Program continues to focus much of its effort on the rarest habitats of the area - prairies, oak woodlands and the freshwater systems of the Black River. The major projects of the South Sound Program include:
- Assisting Joint Base Lewis McChord with restoration and conservation of their lands;
- Restoring prairies and oak woodlands throughout the South Sound region;
- Assisting public agencies, non-profit organizations and private landowners with pest plant; control, native habitat enhancements and prescribed fire; and
- Promoting conservation of prairies and oak woodlands throughout the NW