CSU, Chico News

Fall 2012 Campus and Bidwell Mansion Tree Tours Begin

Date: 10-30-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Cassandra Jones
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico and Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park will begin the first of three fall tree tours on Friday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m.

The tours will begin at the gazebo in front of Bidwell Mansion. They last about 90 minutes and are led by Professor Emeritus Wes Dempsey, Manager of Grounds Durbin Sayers and retired U.S. Forest Service Ranger Gerry Ingco.

Each tour is different and will cover 20 to 30 of the most outstanding specimens on campus. Parking is available at the mansion.

Included in the tours is a southern magnolia raised and planted by John Bidwell in 1863 as well as an historic tulip, ginkgo and monkey puzzle tree, among others. Many campus trees came from Bidwell’s nursery in 1870 and still line the walkways, including American chestnuts, California cedars and European lindens.

The other tours will be offered on Friday, Nov. 16, and Friday, Nov. 30.

Further information about the tours can be obtained from the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park at 530-895-6144 or from the University at 530-898-6222.