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Mission of the Pine Hill PreserveThe primary mission of the Pine Hill Preserve is the preservation in perpetuity of the rare plant species and plant communities of the western El Dorado County gabbro formation. The unusual properties of the rock of this geologic formation and the Rescue series soils that have developed there, have given rise to unique vegetation with at least three endemic species. Five species occurring at the Preserve are listed as endangered or threatened under both the state and federal Endangered Species Acts:
Two other species are listed on the California Native Plant Society's List 1B, indicating that they are "plants rare, threatened, or endangered in California and elsewhere":
An eighth species is listed on the California Native Plant Society's List 3, their review list for plants for which there is presently insufficient information to determine conservation status.
A final recovery plan for six of these species (the five state and federally listed species, and Wyethia reticulata), has been issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Recovery Plan for Gabbro Soil plants of the Central Sierra Nevada Foothills). The Preserve is a primary feature of the recovery plan.
The plant communities that the Preserve is designed to protect includes at least nineteen additional species that are either endemic to, or characteristic of, gabbroic or serpentine soils.
Secondary Goals of the Preserve
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