The delightful vision conjured by the name ‘golden paintbrush’ belies the serious challenges that have been faced by this splashy perennial plant that is native to prairie landscapes in Washington, Oregon, and southern British Columbia. This species, along with many others native to the prairies,... Read More
In 1973, the United States Department of Interior declared the Pixley Vernal Pools Preserve a National Natural Landmark (NNL) in recognition of its unique botanical values.
The Preserve was transferred by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to CNLM in 1997 as part of the TNC Jack Zaninovich... Read More
With the increasing length of the 'fire season' in California and the number and severity of wildfires, land managers are looking for means to reduce the risk of wildfire. One effective tool is 'prescribed fires' -- that is, planning for a carefully controlled fire that... Read More
CNLM staff in Washington helped host Prairie Appreciation Day, held on the 2nd Saturday of May for the last 28 years, on May 13, 2023, at Glacial Heritage Preserve and Mima Mounds Natural Area. The event was an opportunity for members of the public and... Read More
Preserve Manager Eric Olson and Land Steward Allison Titus recently published a scientific note in the peer-reviewed journal, Herpetological Review, documenting an observation of what appears to be a case of a shrike (Lanius sp.) preying on an American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), a prey species... Read More
The CNLM Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve in Riverside County, CA was the site of a ceremony on February 17, 2023 to dedicate the name chosen by the Cahuilla tribe for the prominent hill on the preserve, Múmamet, which means “Great Hill” in the Cahuilla language.... Read More
The staff and Board of Directors of CNLM are sad to report the recent passing of Brenda Pace. As CNLM’s first employee hired by the founding Executive Director, Brenda was fundamental in establishing the initial plans, relationships, and principles upon which CNLM was founded. Although... Read More
CNLM, in collaboration with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Thurston Conservation District, Sustainability in Prisons Project, Ecostudies Institute, and others, was selected for the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge funding in 2023.
The... Read More
Protecting the sensitive natural resources on CNLM’s preserves is an ongoing challenge. CNLM staff recently had an opportunity to benefit from even more support from wildlife agencies (US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife) and City of Encinitas staff when they... Read More
CNLM stewardship staff from California and Washington converged for a three-day intensive workshop at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in mid-October 2022. Typically an annual event, this was the first in-person Conservation Science and Stewardship Workshop for staff since 2019. Staff participants included preserve... Read More
When CNLM acquired the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve in Riverside County, CA, we noted there was a topographic feature called Squaw Hill. The word ‘squaw” is an ethnic and sexual slur, historically applied to indigenous North American women. (As such, we shall refer to this... Read More
To CNLM staff, Gabe Verduzco is ‘Ranger Gabe’—one of the passionate and professional staff who assist in managing and protecting CNLM’s preserves in Orange County, California. But protecting the species on our preserves is just one of Gabe’s talents and passions. When not working with... Read More