Fun Fact #49
Chico State College became part of the state university system in 1972.

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Chico State University

One of the beloved and studied areas is the riparian habitat running directly through the center of campus along big Chico Creek-home to seasonal populations of wild Chinock salmon, Another feature of the campus' environment the inspires leanringis its greenery. With hundreds of species of vines, shurbs, and trees blanketing its grounds, Chico State has been home to an arboretum for 26 years.

In the early srping, horticulturists and botanists from the university and Bidwell Mansion Park lead tours to show off the garden's woody plants, including a Southern magnolia planted in the 1860s by Chico founder Gen. John Bidwell. His donation of eight arces of cherry orchards led to the formation 121 years ago of the Northern Branch State Normal School of California-one of several instutitions to today's university.

The campus environment is a treasure to the Chico Community, and university officals students are committed to keeping it that way by being responsible stewards of the land. For more than a decade, nearly 90 percent of the landscaping methods used to maintain the grounds have employed organic compounds. In addition, all contruction projects are being developed with the environment in mind.

While Chico State consistenly gains attention for its sustainable practices, the instution has long been recognized for the qualityof many programs from computer science and business to nursing and engineering.

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