February 8, 2010

Bureau of Land Management Offers Spring Tours at Pine Hill Preserve

For Release: February 8, 2010 #CA-CC-10-27
Contact: Graciela Hinshaw or Lauren Fety (916) 941-3134

Five springtime guided field trips to view wildflowers and other features at the Pine Hill Preserve in western El Dorado County are scheduled for late April through early June.

BLM Preserve Manager Graciela Hinshaw said the Pine Hill Preserve is one of the most botanically diverse areas in California. "Five plant species are listed a threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act and three of those are found nowhere else in the works," Hinshaw said. "This year may be especially spectacular for wildflower displays due to favorable weather."

The guided field trips, all on Saturdays, are:

April 24 (Cameron Park)
May 1 (Salmon Falls - Birding)
May 15 (Pine Hill)
May 22 (Cameron Park)
June 6 (Salmon Falls)

The birding trip on May 1 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. Fieldtrip participants will meet at a designated area and carpool to the site. Participants should bring a lunch or snaks, water, sturdy shoes, hats, sunscreen and insect repellant.

All trips are limited to 25 participants. Participants must pre-register with the Pine Hill Preserve.

For more information, please contact the BLM's Mother Lode Field Office, 5152 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills, Calif. 95762, or call (916) 941-3101 or (916) 941-3134. For reservations, contact Hinshaw at graciela_hinshaw@ca.blm.gov.

The Pine Hill Preserve is managed under a cooperative agreement among nine federal, state, and county agencies and constists of 4,737 acres in five separate units to protect rare plants. Additional information on the preserve is available on the web at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/pinehillpreserve.org.