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Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve


The habitat at the 596-acre Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve is predominantly shrub grassland, typical of the interior coastal foothills. Characteristic trees and shrubs include juniper, Mormon tea, saltbush, and buckwheat. Common grasses are predominantly exotics of Mediterranean origin. Wildlife species which may occur at the reserve include quail, dove, hawks, coyote, foxes, deer, squirrels, rabbits, snakes, and lizards.

The primary purpose for acquisition was to protect wildlife habitat by placing into public ownership a section of privately owned land lying wholly within the boundaries of federal land. Another purpose of the acquisition was to provide public access through the property onto the federal land. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1990.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4014.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, hunting (seasonal)

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Central Region (Region 4)

Fresno County

Directions: I-5 exit Little Panoche Rd 18 mi west of Mendota. Go west about 12 mi. Take dirt road south of Mercey Hot Springs east to reserve.

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