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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.

Where are we?


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4-H Statewide Community Education Supervisor 2 - UCCE County office (TBD) - Job ID # 30036 NEW
Statewide Position
Location: UC ANR - Davis
Posted on January 20, 2022
Closing on February 17, 2022

4-H Community Education Supervisor 1, Region 1 - UCCE County office (TBD) - Job ID # 28703
County Locations: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on December 17, 2021
Closing on January 31, 2022

Vertebrate Pest Management Advisor (Napa) AP#21-41
County Locations: Lake County, Napa County, Solano County
Posted on November 15, 2021
Closing on February 28, 2022

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
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    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT :: Assistant Professor of Weed Science

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    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
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    By Thomas Getts
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    By Pamela Kan-Rice
    Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach
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    To help California farmers and ranchers adjust to uncertain weather and climate events, the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture has awarded $1.5 million to a team of scientists led by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The project is...

    By Pamela Kan-Rice
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