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Central California District
Release Date: 01/14/13
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
News Release No. CC-13-27

Pine Hill Preserve Spring Tours Planned

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

Led by a naturalist, each tour educates the public about the habitats of the preserve. Although the emphasis will be on the plants, wildlife and geology will also be introduced.

The Pine Hill Preserve tours are free and open to all members of the public. The plant tours will commence at 9 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m. on the following dates:
• Saturday, April 27—Cameron Park unit
• Saturday, May 4—Pine Hill unit
• Saturday, May 18—Pine Hill unit
• Saturday, June 1—Kanaka Valley/Salmon Falls unit

Tours are limited to 25 participants per tour. Participants will be notified of the designated meeting location one week before the scheduled tour.

A bird tour, led by a member of the Audubon Society, will also be offered this spring. Beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding around noon, this tour will take place at the Kanaka Valley/Salmon Falls unit. The date has not yet been set.

Check the website ( for updates and additional information. To ask questions or to sign up for a tour, contact Julie Wynia, Pine Hill Preserve intern, at (916) 941-3133 (

The Pine Hill Preserve is home to some very unique natural and biological resources, including eight rare plant species growing on gabbro soil. The guided tours offered each spring provide an opportunity for the public to see and experience this unique natural heritage in western El Dorado County amidst the beauty of the blooming season. Participants will learn firsthand about the habitats within the preserve, particularly both the common and rare plant species growing.

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. In February 2010, the BLM acquired Kanaka Valley, 695-acres of land connecting the Salmon Falls and Martel Creek units that now serve as an invaluable ecological corridor between these two units.


Central California District   2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825  

Last updated: 01-14-2013