prairie Plant Facts

Did you know prairie plants only grow in specific soil types?

Why are prairie plants important?

Thurston County is home to the endangered Taylors checkerspot butterfly and several other butterfly species designated as "of greatest conservation need, or species of conservation concern." The County's Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) and the federal Endangered Species Act protect these butterflies and their prairie habitat.

Via Thurston County Prairie Plant Review

What would halt your project?

If the plants provide food or shelter for the Taylors checkerspot butterfly (a federally Endangered Species) and/or your property is in a protected area of concern.

Any other reasons construction halts in prairies?

Any disruption of critical habitat or protected species will halt your project, possibly result in additional fines and/or legal action depending on severity.

Want to research yourself?

Prairie habitat is defined in chapter 24.03 of the Thurston County code and in section 24.25.065.

What about sitevisits?

Properties are visited only two (2) times within a 30 day period by our specialists.

How can we help?

We develop successful solutions which are reported using the SHARP methodology.

Need alternative options?

Our team is experienced in creating plans which benefit the landowner and prairie plants.

Does your property have prime habitat for:

Taylors Checkerspot Butterfly - photo credit: FWS
Taylors Checkerspot Butterfly - photo credit: FWS
Mazama Pocket Gopher
Mazama Pocket Gopher
Streaked Horned Lark - photo credit: FWS
Streaked Horned Lark - photo credit: FWS

Definition of Prairie

"Prairie" or "westside prairie," means herbaceous, non-forested (forested means greater than or equal to sixty percent forest canopy cover) plant communities that can either take the form of a dry prairie where soils are well-drained or a wet prairie. In parts of the Puget Trough, prairies can sometimes be recognized by mounded topography commonly referred to as Mima Mounds. Mima Mounds are a unique geologic feature of prairie habitat in Thurston County.

Via Thurston County code chapter 24.03

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