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Central California District
Release Date: 02/06/14
Contacts: David Christy (916) 941-3146    
News Release No. CC-14-21

BLM Plans Pine Hill Preserve Tours

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, the free public tours provide information on the habitats of the preserve. With the exception of the bird tour, the emphasis will be on the plants and vegetation. However, wildlife and geology will also be introduced.

The plant tours will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m. The bird tour will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude by noon. The tours will be conducted on the following dates:

·         Sunday, April 20 - Kanaka Valley/Salmon Falls unit (BIRD TOUR)
·         Saturday, April 26 - Kanaka Valley/Salmon Falls unit
·         Saturday, May 10 - Cameron Park unit
·         Saturday, May 17 - Pine Hill
·         Saturday, May 24 - Kanaka Valley/Salmon Falls

Plant tours are limited to 25 participants per tour; the bird tour is limited to 20 participants. Participants will be notified of the designated meeting location one week before the scheduled tour.

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 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. Furthermore, participants will learn firsthand about the habitats within the Preserve, particularly both the common and rare plant species growing within these habitats.

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.


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Last updated: 02-06-2014