U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Pine Hill Preserve
Located in western El Dorado County, Pine Hill Preserve is home to a collection of eight rare plant species.
Four of the plant species that grow in the Pine Hill Preserve are endemic, which means they grow nowhere else in the world. One species is nearly endemic, with only a few plants found elsewhere. This assemblage of rare plants is part of a unique community confined to soils known as the Rescue soils, named after the nearby community of Rescue, CA.
These plants grow in a roughly oval area centering on Green Valley Road and stretching from Folsom Lake in the north to Highway 50 in the south. The entire preserve encompasses 4,746 acres under Federal, State and County ownership, and 3,362 of these acres are included in an area designated for the recovery of five federally listed plants.
Pine Hill Preserve Vicinity Map (pdf 260 kb)
Rescue soils have unusual properties derived from the underlying gabbro rock. They are generally red, mildly acidic, rich in iron and magnesium, and often contain other heavy metals.
Seven hundred distinct plant species have been recorded in the Rescue soil areas and the adjoining serpentine and metamorphic rocks. This means that about 10% of the native plant species in California can be found in this tiny fraction of the state!
For additional information about the Pine Hill Preserve visit: www.pinehillpreserve.org
The Pine Hill Preserve is operated under a cooperative management agreement between the following agencies and organizations:
The Preserve needs, and appreciates our dedicated Volunteers!!
For more information about the Preserve, how to visit and/or to Volunteer, please contact:
Graciela Hinshaw, Preserve Manager
Bureau of Land Management
The mission of the Pine Hill Preserve is to conserve in perpetuity the rare plant species and plant communities of the western El Dorado County gabbro soil formation.