Pine Hill Preserve
Folsom Field Office
Graciela Hinshaw transferred from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to become the Pine Hill Preserve manager in October 2005. Graciela coordinates the management activities for the Preserve with nine federal, state and county agencies and one private non-profit organization. She conducts rare plant surveys, guides field trips, helps with construction and design of habitat restoration projects, and implements fuels reduction practices.
Graciela says she has always loved plants and took a special interest in imperiled species. Born in Monterey, Mexico, she graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon with a degree in biology. She obtained her master's degree in resource management from the University of Nevada-Reno.
Graciela was a botanist with the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Mexico from 1986-1990. In 1993, she worked part time for the San Joaquin Valley Endangered Species Recovery Program. In 1995, she became the preserve manager for the Center for Natural Lands Management, then the land steward for the Nature Conservancy before joining the federal workforce as a botanist and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002.
Graciela is married with three children and lives in Elk Grove. She loves sharing time with her family and friends, traveling to Mexico and continuing to learn new things.
Graciela has a passion for what she does. She invites people to visit the Preserve and get involved in projects to maintain and restore natural habitats.