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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
Fire Blight IPM Webinar 3/14/2024
2024 Lake County Walnut Update 3/21/2024


Area Water and Soil Resources Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) AP 22-42
County Locations: Marin County, Mendocino County, Napa County, Sonoma County
Posted on January 30, 2024
Closing on March 21, 2024

Animal Health Technician 1 – Hopland, CA, Job ID 63604
County Location: Mendocino County
Posted on January 12, 2024

Senior Custodian – Hopland, CA, Job ID 63597
County Location: Mendocino County
Posted on January 12, 2024

Beneficial Burning and Tribal Land Stewardship Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) 22-16
County Locations: Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on November 1, 2023
Closing on December 31, 2023

4-H Community Education Supervisor 1, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake & Mendocino Co. - Job ID # 52704
County Locations: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on October 23, 2023

UCCE Area County Director – Mendocino & Lake Counties, Job ID 60391
County Locations: Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on October 13, 2023

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