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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
  • New Organic Livestock Rules Proposed

    For producers doing organic livestock: USDA/AMS Proposing New Organic Livestock Regulations   The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service proposes to amend the organic livestock and poultry production...


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

Jobs

CA Naturalist Program Regional Educator and Partner Coordinator (CES 2) – Davis or Hopland, CA, Job ID 41065 NEW
County Locations: Mendocino County, Yolo County
Location: UC ANR - Davis
Posted on August 12, 2022

Post Fire Forest Resilience SRA2 - Lakeport, CA, Job ID 37558
County Location: Lake County
Posted on June 14, 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

ANR Blogs
  • UC Agriculture and Natural Resources is adding new advisors to its team of fire experts across the state. Photo by Evett Kilmartin
    New advisors share crucial wildfire expertise

    UC ANR hires more fire advisors to address growing threat to California communities Bringing more expertise to more places across the state, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources continues to hire fire advisors to help communities...


    By Mike Hsu
    Author - Senior Public Information Representative
  • New Organic Livestock Rules Proposed

    For producers doing organic livestock: USDA/AMS Proposing New Organic Livestock Regulations   The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service proposes to amend the organic livestock and poultry production...


    By John M Harper
    Author - County Director Mendocino & Lake/Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor
  • Aquatic Weed School
    EVENT :: Aquatic Weed School 2022

    UC Davis will host the Aquatic Weed School 2022 on October 31-November 1, 2022 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis campus. The Aquatic Weed School is an intensive two-day course focusing on issues associated with developing weed...


    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) logo
    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT :: Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor Applied Research and Extension

    Position: Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor Applied Research and Extension (AP#22-06) Merced Location: This position will be headquartered in the UCCE Merced County office in Merced, CA but will also serve Stanislaus and San Joaquin...


    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • The gold-winning video
    Video based on Al-Khatib, Hanson course wins Gold Award

    'Herbicide Injury" tutorial builds on popular website A cartoon character that looks suspiciously like a Department of Plant Sciences professor leads an animated, online tutorial that recently won a 2022 Gold Award from the Association for...


    By Trina Kleist
    Author
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative