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Pine Hill Ecological Reserve


Located in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, this 666-acre 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’s 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.

For more information, call the North Central Region Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Either Guided or Self-guided Interpretive Nature Tours

Activities: Limited to use by schools, botanists, and colleges for educational or research purposes or by special arrangement with the region.

The Folsom Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management schedules springtime guided field trips to view wildflowers and other features at Pine Hill. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management, Folsom Field Office, 63 Natoma St., Folsom Calif. 95630, or call (916) 985-4474.
Facilities: None.

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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North Central Region (Region 2)

El Dorado County

approximately 35 miles east of Sacramento, and ten miles west of Placerville

Access: Arrangements for access must be made with the Department of Fish and Game regional office. See phone number listed to the left.

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