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To raise awareness, encourage learning, and facilitate personal and community involvement in the conservation and sustainable use of Bidwell Park.
Two members of the DCBA clean-up brigarde posing for the camera at Lost Park wearing orange vests for visibility and equipped with a trash bag and trash grabbers

Since July 2014, thousands of pounds of trash, cardboard, and recycling have been removed in the riparian and landscaped corridor between Children’s Park and One-Mile Dam by the Cleanup Brigade of the DCBA. This has been possible by funding from donors and City of Chico Community Grants to FOBP. This year FOBP has again qualified with the City of Chico to receive a $6,000 matching Chico Community Grant by…

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Annie B’s Community Drive now open!

 

Since 2003 Friends of Bidwell Park (FOBP) has facilitated the control of invasive plants and advocated for Bidwell Park’s conservation at community fairs and before Chico’s government. Volunteers have donated over 15,500 hours removing invasive plants, picking up trash, and planting / caring for new plants. Our work is coordinated with a variety of groups including Clean and Safe – Downtown Chico Business Association’s Cleanup Brigade which do…

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Crane setting new footbridge across Comanche Creek. (By Bill Husa -- Enterprise-Record)

Comanche Creek Greenway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

The Comanche Creek Greenway–a city-owned open space on the south end of Chico–will open to the public on July 22nd following intensive infrastructure improvements that will cap off four years of volunteer efforts led by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway. Parking for the ceremony will be on the south end of the creek at the end of Otterson Drive. Although not part of Bidwell Park the Comanche Creek…

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Homeless camp along Little Chico Creek

The explosion of homeless camps in Bidwell Park and other Chico greenways (Lindo Channel, Little Chico Creek and Comanche Creek) are causing significant problems for riparian areas as well as threatening public safety. Inhabitants of these camps are polluting waterways by bathing, washing clothes and defecating in and near the creeks. They remove and damage native trees and vegetation used by wildlife and they damage the creek banks thus increasing the risk of erosion….

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FOBP Adopts Lost Park

We have recently adopted Lost Park as an official focus area and we are beginning to work with park staff and the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission to develop a short and long term management plan to address invasive plant management, riparian restoration and deterring homeless encampments.

We are holding semimonthly work sessions to remove trash and invasive plants. These sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of…

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Locked Gate?

A photo essay by Karen Laslo about the effects of park staff and budget cuts can be seen on her photo blog “A Picture’s Worth”.

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Susan Mason, Friends of Bidwell Park co-founder and current Invasive-Plant Chair person for FOBP and Mt. Lassen Chapter of California Native Plant Society (CNPS), has received the City of Chico Park Division’s 2013 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award!

This prestigious award was given in recognition of, and appreciation for Susan’s outstanding volunteer services and countless hours generously donated to the community in Chico’s Bidwell Park and Greenways. Thanks to…

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Fremont's Zigadene

A compilation of efforts has resulted in this preliminary vascular plant list which currently accounts for 942 taxa! Although the plant inventory project is still a couple of years from being completed, we were eager to share the wealth of information we have gathered about Bidwell Park’s plant species with the general public.

Recently we began collaborating with Friends of the Chico State Herbarium and the Mt. Lassen Chapter of…

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Chico’s Lost Arboretum

Reprinted, with the author’s permission, from the February 2004 edition of The Pipevine, the newsletter of the Mt. Lassen chapter of the California Native Plant Society

by Wes Dempsey

A marvelous surprise awaits the tree lover who wanders thru the 29 acres surrounding the Nature Center on East 8th Street. General John Bidwell donated this part of his ranch to the newly created…

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by Wes Dempsey

Some 12,000 years ago, the first human migrants to California found a rich and diverse flora of about 5000 different species of vascular (“higher”) plants. Some 1500 of these exist only in California and are termed endemic species. But many of the others were already familiar to the immigrants and they knew how to use them (or closely related species) for food, medicine, and crafts….

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Highway 99 Auxiliary Lanes Project

This project was initiated in 1999, after an analysis of traffic accidents showed that 31% of all H99 accidents were occurring in the section between Hwy 32 and East 1st Ave. Phase One, completed in 2010, expanded and improved the on and off ramps at East 1st Ave. Phase Two will add 2 lanes on the inside of the existing roadway within Bidwell Park, upgrade the Highway 32 on…

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