Genetic Resource and Conservation Center

Area Status: Open
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[Photograph]: Cramer Lane, Entrance to Genetic Resource and Conservation Center with Fall Colors.

The Genetic Resource and Conservation Center is located on 209 acres, in Chico, CA. Development started in 1904 when the site was assigned to the Agricultural Research Service for the purpose of plant breeding research and plant introduction from all over the world.

The facility was originally named the Plant Introduction Station. Two of the station's early accomplishments included introducing the pistachio in 1917 and the kiwi in 1934. The "mother" and "father" kiwi are still at the Center and are the oldest producing kiwi in the country.

The Forest Service acquired the station in 1974. The Center's program gradually changed to developing and producing genetically improved plant material for the reforestation program of the Pacific Southwest Region.

In 1992, the Center's name changed to Genetic Resource and Conservation Center which reflects the broader scope and role of genetics in the management of forest ecosystems. The propagation function has evolved including over 130 species of trees, shrubs, grasses, and other native species which are of great importance for the productivity, health, diversity and sustainable use of our forest ecosystems.

Today, the Genetic Resource and Conservation Center produces plants for projects such as reforestation, wildfire recovery, watershed restoration, fisheries, riparian habitat for threatened and endangered species, Native American culture values, oak woodland restoration, mine reclamation, campgrounds and interpretive areas, forest health including research and disease resistence, in additon to biological, chemical, and clinical research on anti-cancer drugs derived from plants.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Great spot for an afternoon walk.
Operational Hours: The main gate at the 209-acre Genetic Resource & Conservation Center in Chico is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Open Season: January - December
  • Visitors are not allowed on the property after dark.
  • There are no public services available at the office.
  • Butte County pet leash laws apply, are posted and are enforced.
  • Public access is restricted to specific roads and areas designated for recreational use.
Closest Towns: Chico
Water: Potable
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service

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Toilets Vault
Accessible Accessible Nature Trail.
Picnic tables Yes
Interpretive Site Nature Trail
Drinking water Yes