Seed Orchard Closed To Public May 17-18

Contact(s): Paul Meznarich

Grove of ponderosa pines grown from seeds produced in the Sierra Nevada.

The Chico Seed Orchard is closed to the public Monday, May 17, and Tuesday, May 18, to accommodate a law enforcement training. The orchard will reopen for public recreation Wednesday, May 19.

The 209-acre orchard has been in operation since 1904, when it served as a plant breeding site for the federal Agricultural Research Service. The Mendocino National Forest now administers the site as a high-quality seed source for restoration and wildfire recovery projects throughout northern California.

The orchard is a popular wildlife- and bird-watching site for community members and includes a paved 1-mile, self-guided nature trail. Normally, the main gate is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for vehicular access. A pedestrian gate remains open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the summer and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter. Visitors are not allowed on the property after dark.

For more information about the Chico Seed Orchard or other recreation opportunities on the Mendocino National Forest, visit