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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Philip A. Lydon January 1997 This article appears in the Park Watch Training Manual and is reproduced with the author’s permision (Sources. Information for the statements made in this document came from the minutes of the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission (BPPC). various contracts, leases, and deeds to which the City was a party, several …

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Perception Versus Reality

This article appeared originally in the Spring 2006 edition of the Sierra Club Yahi Group newsletter

Whenever you read any marketing literature about Chico, it always includes a prominent mention of Bidwell Park, frequently described as the “Crown Jewel of Chico.”

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By Josephine Guardino Have you ever stopped to wonder about the things that might change Bidwell Park? Or do we take this wonderful public resource for granted? The fact that this Park sits adjacent to a rapidly growing urban area should alert nature lovers that the impacts and potential threats to the ecosystem of this …

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By Randy Abbott Not everyone is happy about the City of Chico’s plans to permanently develop 40 acres of Tuscan ridge-top wilderness for Chico’s disc golf community in the city’s historic Upper Bidwell Park. Friends of Bidwell Park, Citizens Advisory Committee representatives from the local Sierra Club and Altacal Audubon and others have voiced their …

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John Dittes, July 2003 What Is A Weed? A tomato farmer may tell you it’s anything that’s not a tomato; a forester may tell you a weed is anything but a tree! Biologists will give you a different definition yet. From an ecological perspective, weeds are organisms (plants or animals) that share a set of …

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Philip A. Lydon January 1997 This article appears in the Park Watch Training Manual and is reproduced with the author’s permision Modesto Formation What: Soft sand, silt, and clay. Includes gravel derived mainly from Tuscan and Red Bluff Formations. Soils of Upper Member lack a B horizon. (If present, it would be marked by a …

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