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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

Clebson Gomes Goncalves, PhD - New Diversified Agriculutre Advisor - Mendocino & Lake Counties



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.

Where are we?


Event Name Date
The Adaptive Management Tours at JDSF: Research 11/3/2023


Project Manager Academic Coordinator II - 100% FTE (AP #23-06)
County Locations: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Marin County, Mendocino County, Napa County, Sonoma County
Location: UC ANR - Davis
Posted on September 10, 2023
Closing on October 15, 2023

Project Scientist in Climate-Smart Agriculture with UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program - #23-11
Statewide Position
Location: UC ANR - Davis
Posted on August 28, 2023
Closing on October 9, 2023

4-H Community Education Supervisor 1, Region 1: Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake, Mendocino Counties - Job ID # 52704
County Locations: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on April 27, 2023

ANR Blogs
  • Non-native grasses are invading vast swaths of southern California. Those grasses feed wildfire, including the recent York Fire in the Mojave Desert. Recent fires have torched more than a million of the iconic Joshua trees native to the region. (Ziarnek-Krzysztof/Wikimedia Commons)
    Wildfires linked to invasive grasses, Valliere says

    Auto emissions 'fertilize' fuel Joshua trees burning in the Mojave Desert are the victims of changing patterns of wildfire, fueled by the spread of grasses that are not native to the region, restoration ecologist Justin Valliere told media in recent...

    By Trina Kleist
    Author - Communications Specialist
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
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    EVENT :: AAIE Conference

    Anil Shrestha (Weed Science Professor, with the Department of Plant Science at CA State University, Fresno) will be speaking at the Association of Applied IPM Ecologist (AAIE) Annual Conference in Visalia, CA. His talk on "Managing weeds in an IPM...

    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
  • East Bay Regional Park District
    Job announcement :: Vegetation Ecologist (2)

    The East Bay Regional Park District is currently recruiting for two (2) Vegetation Ecologists and these positions will be headquartered at the Park District's Administrative Office, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland. The hiring pools established from this...

    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
  • Twin sisters Emily (left) and Lindsay Jackson were part of a 4-H project that produced a pet emergency preparedness brochure for Siskiyou County. Emily, currently a grad student at Cal Poly Humboldt, has been a U.S. Forest Service crew lead for the past two summers. Lindsay is a seasonal firefighter with CAL FIRE. Photo courtesy of Emily Jackson
    4-H youth project helps Siskiyou County prepare animals for emergencies

    Planning brochure for pets, livestock fills crucial need as fires an increasing threat With the McKinney Fire creeping closer to Yreka in the summer of 2022, Emily Jackson and her mother potentially faced the enormous task of getting all their goats,...

    By Mike Hsu
    Author - Senior Public Information Representative
  • With the help of a Climate Smart Agriculture community education specialist, vegetable grower Rosie Lee was able to get a grant and install solar panels to power her irrigation system. Photos by Caddie Bergren
    Farmers save money, water by adopting climate-smart agriculture practices

    CDFA, UC ANR help farmers access $36 million in grants to improve water-use efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions  A Hmong small-scale farmer in Merced County has saved about 14.4 acre-inches of water annually and reduced...

    By Pamela Kan-Rice
    Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach