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Mendocino County has a rich and varied past, and the people here feel a strong connection to their history. For thousands of years Pomo, Yuki and other Native American tribes were nurtured by the natural resources of the forests, mountains, rivers and ocean.

In the 1800s, explorers and settlers began to arrive from Russia, China and Europe. Inland, the valleys hosted the northernmost Mexican ranchos. After the gold rush of 49, many would-be miners also established ranches inland. Today, cowboys celebrate their way of life at California’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Willits every Fourth of July.

Lumberjacks came from New England and timber drove the County’s economy for many years. The fishing industry grew and still plays a vital part in Mendocino County life.

Italians and Greeks moved north from San Francisco and found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes, fruit and olives. Our County still benefits from their bounty and organic grape growing and winemaking techniques, make Mendocino County America’s Greenest Wine Region TM.

Artifacts of our Native American, timber, fishing, agricultural, and cultural heritages can be discovered throughout the County, and are preserved in our many museums.
(Thank You ‘Visit Mendocino County’  http://visitmendocino.com ) for the use of this information.

Current News

North Bay Forest Improvement Program

A new forest management cost-share program


Mediterranean Oak Borer Pest Alert


Understanding the relationship between Fire and Dead Trees - A Literature Review


White Paper about Bishop pine on the Forestry and Wildlands Ecology page!


Ecological Assessment of Biomass Thinning in Coastal Forests, Now Online!


Mendocino County Meat Plant Study

Addendum to August 2013 Feasibility Study for Mendocino County Meat Plant


Grapevine Red Blotch Disease

Equine Herpesvirus Brochure

Meat Industry Capacity and Feasibility Study of the North Coast Region of California is also available under the Livestock & Natural Resource Management Program page.

U.S. Food Market Estimator
The U.S. Food Market Estimator is designed to help users determine the potential demand, by county in the United States, for more than 200 different food items.

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ANR Blogs
  • Book cover final
    Climate Stewardship is the Way Forward

    In the new book Climate Stewardship: Taking Collective Action to Protect California (UC Press September 2021), Adina Merenlender, CalNat Founding Director shares stories from everyday people and shows how their actions enhance the resilience of...

    By Brook Gamble
    Author - Community Education Specialist 3 (NorCal)

    Zoom Webinar Series hosted by the Range Management Advisory Committee and the C A Fire Science Consortium. For details and to register see the attached file.    

    By John M Harper
    Author - County Director Mendocino & Lake/Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor
  • Researchers are trying to better understand how expanded cannabis acreage is affecting water resources. Photo by Hekia Bodwitch
    Cannabis farms irrigating with groundwater may affect stream flows

    The legalization of marijuana for recreational use in California has encouraged growers to expand plantings of the lucrative crop. Like any plant, cannabis requires water to grow. A new study from the Cannabis Research Center at UC Berkeley examined...

    By Pamela Kan-Rice
    Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach
  • Figure 1. On farm study evaluating under-vine cultivator in Turner, OR in the spring of 2021.
    Mechanical Weed Control under the Vine

    From the Weeders of the West blog • 07/14/2021   Mechanical Weed Control under the Vine Vineyard floor management can be divided into two areas, the area under the vine and the area between the rows. Cover crops are often planted between the...

    By Marcelo Moretti
    By David King
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • CDFA New Regulations on Euthanasia

    CDFA has a issued a set of new regulations on the use of drugs and on how to identify animals that are to be euthanized. There are 3 attachments. Two card summaries plus a handout for printing and keeping as reminders.

    By John M Harper
    Author - County Director Mendocino & Lake/Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor