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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
Sheep Shearing School 2024 4/22/2024


Beneficial Burning and Tribal Land Stewardship Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) Mendocino and Lake Counties (22-16)
County Locations: Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on March 26, 2024
Closing on May 20, 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

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

ANR Blogs
  • Doctoral candidate Matt Fatino, center, is one of the 'weed doctors' who will be available during Picnic Day 2024 to answer people's questions about the pesky plants growing in their lawns, fields and pastures. Whitney Brim-DeForest, left, is a Department of Plant Sciences graduate and expert in rice-field weeds who now is the UC Cooperative Extension County Director for Sutter and Yuba counties. (UC Davis)
    Weed doctors seek solutions for pesky plants

    Hanson: “Some weeds you can only eat once” Dandelions are pretty, but weeds nationwide cost homeowners, farmers, ranchers and land managers tens of billions of dollars each year in control measures and lost production. They also...

    By Trina Kleist
    Author - Communications Specialist
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
  • Our Student Winners!  From left to right: Sawyer Claussen, Robert Willmott, Jennifer Valdez Herrera, Erika Escalona, and Stephen Chang
    CWSS: Student Winners and Schlorship Opportunity!

    **** Students, it is the time of year to apply for the CWSS Student Scholarship! Awards will be given to both graduate and undergraduate students ranging from $1,000-2,000. Any students interested in Weed Science should apply! Click here to submit an...

    By Thomas J Getts
    Author - Weed Ecology & Cropping Systems Advisor
  • Forest Stewardship workshop participants at an El Dorado County field day. Credit: K.Ingram.
    Connecting California’s forest landowners with California Tree School

    While trees and forests are often emblematic of constancy in a fast-paced world, our state's forests are actually changing before our eyes. Since 2020, the UC ANR Forest Stewardship Education (FSE) program has been helping California's forest...

    By Grace Nguyen-Sovan Dean
    Author - Forest Stewardship Communications Specialist
  • Image 1. Avocado weeds
    Weed B Gone and Tree B Gone?

    With all the rain last year, even extending into August and now with the rains since December there is a lot of natural ground cover growing, When it gets out of hand, we call it weedy. It might still serve the purpose of protecting the ground from...

    By Ben Faber
    Author - Advisor
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
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    Webinar on how pesticide labels may change to protect endangered species

    Although many of you are already well aware of the upcoming changes to pesticide labels related to the Endangered Species Act, many are not. A quick background can be found in a Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) press release from last year...

    By Bradley Hanson
    Author - Cooperative Extension Specialist