Illegal cannabis grows on California public lands, known as “trespass grows” constitute one of the leading issues threatening California’s wildlife and communities. Trespass grows, 90% of which are controlled by drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s), contain copious amounts of illegal pesticides, rodenticides and herbicides. These toxicants contaminate water, poison wildlife, and pose a serious threat for wide-spread human exposure. These grows undercut the legal market, place rural and tribal communities at risk and threaten natural resource economies, and undermine the original purpose of our public lands.
CROP PRIMARY GOALS
1. Secure and increase state and federal resources for trespass grow reclamation
2. Increase Forest Service law enforcement and overall presence in National Forests.
3. Implement a statewide public education campaign, focusing on the human health risks associated with ingesting unregulated cannabis
Community Governance Partnership
The Community Governance Partnership exists to empower others, through a combination of directed trainings, partnership development and assisting with community-based campaigns that tie into larger issues. CGP's mission is to see key social and environmental issues addressed through new, innovative community alliances, to address key planning and conservation issues with new tools, and make CGP's partners' work made more effective.
California Wilderness Coalition
The California Wilderness Coalition (CalWild) protects and restores the state’s wildest natural landscapes and watersheds on public lands. These important wild places provide clean air and water, refuges for wildlife, mitigation against the effects of climate change, and outstanding opportunities for recreation and spiritual renewal for people. CalWild is the only statewide organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the wild places and native biodiversity of California’s public lands.
Mourad Gabriel, Integral Ecology Research Center
Justin Pressfield, Dewey Square Group
Ann Carlson, Forest Supervisor, Mendocino NF
Judy Morris, Chair, Trinity County Board of Supervisors
Ryan Henson, Senior Policy Director of CalWild
Earl Crosby, Karuk Tribe DNR
Steve Madrone, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
Larry Glass, Northcoast Environmental Center
Natalynne Delapp, Humboldt County Growers Alliance
Estelle Fennell, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
Don Hoang, USFS Special Agent
Lindsay Robinson, California Cannabis Industry Association