News Release

For Release:   March 10, 2009       
Contact:  Barbara Williams (916) 985-4474

BLM Offers Spring Tours at Pine Hill Preserve

Field trip time is coming at the Pine Hill Preserve!

The Folsom Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, has scheduled six springtime guided field trips to view wildflowers and other features at the Pine Hill Preserve in western El Dorado County. The Pine Hill Preserve is managed under a cooperative agreement among nine federal, state, and county agencies and consists of 4,002 acres in five separate units to protect rare plants that grow in gabbro-associated soils.

According to BLM Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Williams, the Pine Hill Preserve may be one of the most botanically diverse areas in California. "The spring wildflower display is spectacular," Williams said, "Five plant species are listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, and three of those are found nowhere else in the world."

The guided field trips, all on Saturday, are scheduled as follows:

April 25 (Pine Hill) (Birding)
May 2 (Cameron Park) 
May 16 (Pine Hill)              
May 30 (Cameron Park)       
June 6 (Salmon Falls)        

The birding trip on April 25 starts at 7 a.m. and features prominent birder, Chris Conard, who will speak about the birds of the preserve. All other field trips start at 9 a.m. Field trip participants will meet at designated areas and car pool to the site. All are asked to bring a lunch or snacks, water, sturdy shoes, hats, sunscreen and insect repellant.

All trips are limited to 30 participants. Participants must pre-register with the BLM.

For more information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management, Folsom Field Office, 63 Natoma St., Folsom Calif. 95630, or call (916) 985-4474. For reservations, contact Barbara Williams at (before March 30) or Graciela Hinshaw, preserve manager, at (after March 30).


Folsom Field Office, 63 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA  95630