Bureau of Land Management

Al Franklin working in the field
Al collects leaf samples for a genetic study.
Al Franklin

Botanist, Folsom Field Office (currently manager, Pine Hill Preserve)

"For me, nature is endlessly surprising and interesting."

Originally from Mamaroneck, New York, Al heard the call of Horace Greeley and came west at age 19 to attend U.C. Berkeley where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology.  During school breaks, he worked seasonally for BLM, the Forest Service and National Park Service and got interested in biology.  He returned to school, this time at Humboldt State to obtain a Bachelor of Science in biology, then on to U.C. Davis to pursue further studies and a Masters degree in range and wildlands science.

Al has been at the Folsom Field Office for 14 years as a biologist and now, as the manager of the Pine Hill Preserve.  The 3,000 acre Pine Hill Preserve is a special area located in western El Dorado County that is home to a collection of eight rare plant species, three of which are found nowhere else in the world. He is currently working with the partner agencies to determine additional areas that should be protected.  He is also completing fuel breaks around the preserve without disturbing the protected plants.  After the first of the year, he will be returning to his position of botanist with the Folsom Field Office.

Al, wife Cherry, son Lee and granddaughter Bailey live in Auburn.

For more information concerning this feature story, contact Al Franklin by telephone 916-985-4474 or by e-mail
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