Plants in the Lives of Northern California Native Americans by Wes Dempsey

Chico’s Lost Arboretum by Wes Dempsey

Weeds In Bidwell Park by John Dittes


California Department of Fish & Game — Fishing Licenses and Regulations


Big Chico Creek flow graphs from the California Department of Water Resources, data from automatic sensors near the golf course, for the past:

Groups concerned with the park’s environment and wildlife

Altacal Audubon Society, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, focuses on birds and includes a page on Upper Bidwell Park.

Bidwell Park Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 3223, Chico CA 95927-3223.  The investment income from donations will be used for park projects.

Butte Environmental Council sponsors a September Bidwell Park and creeks of Chico cleanup. Also, BEC holds the Endangered Species Faire every year at One Mile Recreation Area on the first Saturday in May.

California Conservation Corps offers training and work experience to recent high school graduates.  Their Chico-based workers frequently volunteer in Bidwell Park.  For more information, call 894-0495 or visit their office at 2725 Hwy 32 Suite F, Chico.

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) — the Mt. Lassen Chapter is the local group — is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. Volunteers from the local chapter provide maintenance of Upper Park’s creekside Yahi Trail.

Neighborhood Cat Advocates responds to reports of cats abandoned in the park or elsewhere in Chico.

Herbarium at CSUC provides information about plants in workshops, books, CD-ROMs, and a searchable database.

Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria,125 Mission Ranch Blvd. Chico, CA 95926 Ph. (530) 343-6614

Northern California Regional Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation and preservation of northern California’s open spaces.

Yahi Group of the Sierra Club promotes conservation, parklands, and leads hikes in the park and throughout the area.

Useful Information

Understanding Blue Oak Regeneration,” a paper from Phytosphere Research, Vacaville.

A collection of links regarding Oaks Woodland Ecology and Monitoringand Oak Regeneration/Restoration from the University of California Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program.

The California Oak Foundation “a non-profit educational organization committed to preserving the state’s oak forest ecosystem and its rural landscapes.”

Exclosure size affects young blue oak seedling growth[pdf] “Blue oak, a tree native only to California, is notoriously slow-growing, and its low regeneration rate has prompted concern about the species’ future survival in some areas of the state…”

Blue oak seedling age influences growth and mortality[pdf] “In some California locations, the natural regeneration of blue oak is limited by the ability of small seedlings to survive long enough to become larger saplings. This study evaluated the growth and survival of different age classes of seedlings…”

Information about dragonflies found in the park is available at the Biggs family website.

State site explaining the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CNPS article How to Comment on a CEQA Document from their periodical Fremontia V 29 # 3/4 July/Oct 2001 Back issues of Fremontia available for $5-10 from CNPS Publications.

A page about the park from California Watchable Wildlife

A site by Professor Paul Maslin has reports on various aspects of the Chico Creek watershed.