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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

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Mediterranean Oak Borer Pest Alert

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

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

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

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Mendocino County Meat Plant Study

Addendum to August 2013 Feasibility Study for Mendocino County Meat Plant

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Grapevine Red Blotch Disease
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Equine Herpesvirus Brochure
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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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Blogs
  • USDA Expands Assistance for Drought-Impacted Ranchers

    USDA Expands Assistance for Drought-Impacted Ranchers   In response to severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week its plans to help cover the cost of transporting...


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

Jobs

Integrated Vineyard Systems Area Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) AP 21-20
County Locations: Lake County, Mendocino County, Sonoma County
Posted on August 18, 2021
Closing on October 15, 2021

Diversified Agricultural Systems Area Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) AP 21-17
County Locations: Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on August 18, 2021
Closing on October 12, 2021

ANR Blogs
  • Dr. Kassim Al-Khatib at the CA Rice Field Day 2021
    California Rice Field Day is back!

    The California Rice Field Day is back! The annual event, sponsored by the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation and the California Rice Board, returned to in-person status on August 25, 2021 after being held virtually in 2020. The field day is...


    By Alex Ceseski
    Author
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • Photo 1. Oakleaf goosefoot: above and lower leaf surfaces shown
    Oakleaf goosefoot a new weed concern in the Salinas Valley

    Richard Smith is the University of California Cooperative Extension Monterey County Vegetable Crop Production and Weed Science Farm Advisor. He also covers Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.   Oakleaf goosefoot (Chenopodium glaucum) is a new weed...


    By Richard Smith
    Author - Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • Climate Stewardship: Taking Collective Action to Protect California shows how Californians are working together across a diversity of communities and landscapes to improve resilience and address climate justice.
    New book shows how Californians are bolstering climate resilience

      Wildfires that generate their own weather, drought, record-breaking heatwaves, and frequent flooding are compelling more people to try to mitigate and adapt to climate change. A new book co-authored by Adina Merenlender, UC...


    By Pamela Kan-Rice
    Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach
  • USDA Expands Assistance for Drought-Impacted Ranchers

    USDA Expands Assistance for Drought-Impacted Ranchers   In response to severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week its plans to help cover the cost of transporting...


    By John M Harper
    Author - County Director Mendocino & Lake/Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor
  • Adina Merenlender CA Biodiversity Day pic
    A refugia for wildflowers

    Guest author Adina Merenlender is the founding Director of the UC California Naturalist program, and writes about the North Coast Biogregion for California Biodiversity Week 2021.   California's Northern Coastline is a refugia...


    By Adina M. Merenlender
    Author - Cooperative Extension Specialist; Adjunct Professor