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Pine Hill Preserve - Site # 5046
Pine Hill Preserve is a cooperative conservation effort among 10 federal, state, and local entities to protect the habitat of eight rare plant species. The Preserve lands and the adjacent Kanaka Valley, located approximately 30 miles east of Sacramento, consist of 4,940 acres of federal, state and county lands. About 70% of the Preserve lands have dense clusters of rare plants within an area designated for the recovery of five federally listed rare plants.

The BLM manages these lands where about 10% of the California Native flora is represented.

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Background: Located in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, this reserve combines unusual soils (Gabbro complex) and Mediterranean climate to support three distinct biotic communities: chamise chaparral, foothill woodland, and Ponderosa pine forest. The unique soil type also supports a number of rare plant species such as the Pine Hill flannel bush, Pine Hill ceanothus, Layne‚Äôs butterweed, El Dorado mule ears, and El Dorado bedstraw. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1979, and is managed under a cooperative agreement among nine federal, state, and county agencies.

The Habitat: The Pine Hill gabbro formation began 175 million years ago when a volcano on the Pacific plate was pushed into the continental plate in a process known as plate tectonics. The soil that arose from this intrusion is termed gabbro soil, and more specifically the USGS has described the soils as the "Rescue series".

The Pine Hill Preserve is managed for the well-being of the rare gabbro plants. Specific goals include protecting and managing habitat for these rare plants; promoting and conducting research; and managing vegetation for functional plant habitat and reduced wildfire risks. The Pine Hill Preserve uses a community-level strategy for recovery and conservation of the rare gabbro plants.

The Experience: Pine Hill Preserve is home to a collection of eight rare plant species. Four of the plant species that grow in the Pine Hill Preserve are endemic, which means they grow nowhere else in the world. One species is nearly endemic, with only a few plants found elsewhere. This assemblage of rare plants is part of a unique community confined to soils known as the Rescue soils, named after the nearby community of Rescue, CA.

El Dorado bedstraw
Pine Hill Ceanothus
Pine Hill Flannelbush
Stebbins' morning-glory
Layne's butterweed
Red Hill soaproot
El Dorado mule-ears
Bisbee Peak rush-rose

Nearby Viewing Sites: Wakamatsu Farm
Nimbus Fish Hatchery
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Visitor Information: El Dorado County Visitors Authority - (530) 621-5885 - https://visit-eldorado.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Closed Saturday and Sunday
Hours: Monday - Friday - 9am to 5pm
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: 
 Number of Parking Spaces: 0
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: No
Parking Notes: The BLM parcels that compose the Pine Hill Preserve are open to the public year round for passive recreation activities. Access is limited to foot traffic only and there is no designated parking for most of the Preserve sites, except for the Salmon Falls and Kanaka Valley sites.

How to Get There: From Sacramento take Hwy 50 east to the Bass Lake Rd. exit (Exit 32) and turn left (north). Continue onto Bass Lake/Marbe Valley Rd. for about 4 miles, turn left (west) onto Green Valley Rd. and travel 1.4 miles. Take a right on Deer Valley Road for 2.2 miles, then a slight left (North) on Kanaka Valley Rd., continue for about 1.6 miles until you encounter a sharp right turn and two green gates on the left side of the road. At this point you have reached the trail access; park near the gates following indications on the signs.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Agency Site URL: 
Physical Address:1000-1028 Kanaka Valley Road
Rescue, CA 95672
Agency 2:
, CA
Manager Phone:
Site Phone:(916) 941-3101 or (916) 358-2900
County: El Dorado
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