Area: 104 acres
Location: Thurston County, WA
Date Acquired: 2014
Acquisition Type: Center for Natural Lands Management owns the preserve. We protect and manage species and habitats on the preserve in perpetuity.
The Violet Prairie-Scatter Creek Preserve contains 104 acres in unincorporated Thurston County, WA. The majority of the Preserve is comprised of open grasslands, which were historically used for livestock grazing and related activities. An intact Oregon white oak stand lines Scatter Creek which runs through the property.
The Preserve was created to protect and restore rare prairie habitat. The Preserve protects a population of the Mazama pocket gopher (Thomomys mazama), a federally-threatened species, as well as an intact stand of Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana). The Preserve will be restored to support the (federally) endangered Taylor’s checkerspot (Euphydryas editha taylori) and may also provide suitable habitat for golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) – a federally-threatened species as well as the western pond turtle (Clemmys marmorata) – a state endangered species. There are coho, steelhead, and sea-run cutthroat in Scatter Creek.
The prairie restoration process on the Preserve will involve a range of management techniques including preparing the habitat for direct seeding with a combination of tilling, directed cattle grazing, targeted and broad-based herbicide, and prescribed fire application. The prepared sites will be direct seeded with a diversity of native prairie plants, all derived from the seed farm. In addition, CNLM will monitor the rare and listed species and habitat on-site to help identify threats and population changes.
Because of the vulnerability of the species and habitats that exist on this preserve, it is not open to the public. However, CNLM offers field tours as well as volunteer work days on the Preserve.