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To raise awareness, encourage learning, and facilitate personal and community involvement in the conservation and sustainable use of Bidwell Park.
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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Catalpa Tree

Although beautiful and majestic, the non-native Catalpa trees are becoming a serious threat to California’s riparian areas.

We are conducting a park wide survey to determine the extent of this invasive species and we are working with California State Parks to research possible control methods.

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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

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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Bidwell Park staff have announced that budget cuts and staff reductions will reduce services and hours that park gates and other facilities will be open. Generally, park gates, restrooms, and Caper Acres will be closed Monday through Thursday. The park will remain open to non-vehicular traffic.

Details can be found in a city press release .

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Susan

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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This article was submitted by FOBP for inclusion in Butte Environmental Council’s fall 2007 Environmental News.

 

Because Chico has been discussing significant budget shortfalls, we should also discuss the fiscal irresponsibility that’s being foisted on the citizens of Chico by the project proponents of two 18-hole disc golf courses in Upper Bidwell Park. (more…)

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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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