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Central Califonria District
Release Date: 03/23/11
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
  Julie Wynia , (916) 941-3135  
News Release No. CC-11-40

BLM Adds Bird-Watching Tour to Pine Hill Preserve Tours

A bird-watching tour has been added to the series of tours at Pine Hill Preserve in western El Dorado County.

The Bureau of Land Management's Mother Lode Field Office will hold the annual spring tours at the Pine Hill Preserve starting in April.

Led by a naturalist, each tour introduces the public to the habitats of the preserve. Although the emphasis will be on the plants, wildlife and geology will also be discussed.

A bird-watching tour has been scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Kanaka Valley/Salmon Falls unit. Volunteer Naturalist Chris Conard, of the Audubon Society, will be leading this tour.  This tour is limited to 20 participants.

In addition to the bird watching tour, the Pine Hill Preserve plant tours will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m. on the following dates:
• Saturday, April 30—Cameron Park unit
• Saturday, May 7—Pine Hill unit
• Saturday, May 21—Pine Hill unit
• Saturday, June 4—Kanaka Valley/Salmon Falls unit

Participants will be notified of the designated meeting location one week before the scheduled tour.

"These free tours at the Pine Hill Preserve are a fantastic opportunity to enjoy nature in a very unique and interesting area of western El Dorado County.  The guided tours are very helpful for learning about the preserve’s habitats, as well as both common and rare plant species that grow in there.  We encourage all members to the public to sign up for and attend these tours,” said Julie Wynia, intern for the Pine Hill Preserve.

For more information or to sign up for a tour, contact Graciela Hinshaw, preserve manager, at (916) 941-3134 ( or Wynia at (916) 941-3135 (

Established in 2001 and managed by the BLM's Mother Lode Field Office, the Pine Hill Preserve exists to conserve and protect eight rare plant species and their habitat. Five of these species are federally listed under the Endangered Species Act, and four of them are endemic to western El Dorado County, meaning that they grow here and nowhere else in the world.

The Pine Hill Preserve consists of more than 4,700 acres divided into five primary units—Salmon Falls, Martel Creek, Pine Hill, Penny Lane, and Cameron Park—as well as several small satellite units. In February 2010, the BLM acquired Kanaka Valley, 695-acres of land connecting the Salmon Falls and Martel Creek units that serves as an invaluable ecological corridor.


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Last updated: 03-23-2011