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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?


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Regional Operations Coordinator (Community Education Specialist 4) – Flexible Location in Region 1, Job ID 68268 (Internal to ANR employees only)
County Locations: Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Colusa County, Del Norte County, El Dorado County, Glenn County, Humboldt County, Lake County, Marin County, Mendocino County, Napa County, Nevada County, Placer County, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Shasta County, Solano County, Sonoma County, Stanislaus County, Sutter County, Trinity County, Tuolumne County, Yolo County, Yuba County
Posted on May 7, 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

ANR Blogs
  • Managing demand for groundwater will be discussed at June 17 workshop in Burlingame.
    Groundwater demand management subject of discussions June 17

    Groundwater demand management in agricultural regions is the focus of a workshop that will be held June 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. Representatives of groundwater sustainability...

    By Pamela S Kan-Rice
    Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach
  • Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) logo
    New article :: Exploring sterile pollen technique as a novel tool for management of Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)

    Sterile Pollen Technique Shows Promise for Palmer Amaranth Weed Control Newly published research provides a novel and sustainable weed-management strategy   WESTMINSTER, Colorado – 22 May2024 – Recently published research in the...

    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
  • Sheep in the Vineyard?

    Why integrate livestock into your cropping system? Historically, farmers raised both crops and livestock because they are mutually beneficial. In an article titled, “Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing...

    By Michael Jaquez
    Author - Community Education Specialist III
  • Attendees at Weed Day 2023
    EVENTS :: Register now!

    Register before the cost goes up   Weed Day 2024 :: click link below https://wric.ucdavis.edu/events/weed_day_2024.html Last day to get to early-bird cost is May 24, 2024. Register now! * * * * * * * * More events... 2024-June 24-25 ::...

    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Public Education Specialist
  • Pollinator habitat coverage in response to herbicide treatments
    Weed control during pollinator habitat establishment.

    Introduction: Pollinator insects are essential to produce many economically and nutritionally important crops grown in the western USA. These crops include blueberries, almonds, sunflowers, cucurbits, and many others. Almond pollination in California...

    By Ryan Hill
    Author - Agronomy & Weed Sciences Advisor
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