Covered with forest, grasslands and bogs, Eight Dollar Mountain supports the heaviest concentrations of rare plants in Oregon and outstanding examples of several serpentine soil communities.
Of the 3,370 plant species known to Oregon, nearly half are found in the Klamath and Siskiyou Mountain region. The prevalence of heavily mineralized, magnesium-rich soils helps account for the evolution of this region's extraordinary plant life.
Near Selma in Southwest Oregon
In addition to the Conservancy's property, public land holdings on Eight Dollar Mountain include the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Division of State Lands — 4,400 acres in all. The entire mountain ecosystem is managed cooperatively by the Conservancy and those agencies to protect its exceptional natural values. Ecologists monitor the populations of rare plants.
The varied elevations and aspects of Eight Dollar Mountain support an outstanding diversity of rare plants including Waldo gentian, large-flowered rush-lily, western senecio, Oregon willow-herb and Howell's mariposa-lily. The preserve also contains western azalea thickets, chaparral and Jeffery pine forest, as well as bogs dominated by the carnivorous California pitcher plant and a tufted hairgrass wet meadow.
For wildflower displays, the best times to visit the preserve are May through July. There are no signs or official trails.
Please observe the following guidelines while hiking: