Our projects involve habitats and wildlife populations that interface with cannabis.

current projects

Ecological Research & Monitoring on Legal Cannabis Farms

Cannabis for Conservation is working with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to manage and conserve Pallid bats on legal farms through the establishment of the cannabis industry’s first Safe Harbor Agreement. If you are a cultivator interested in being a host farm, please click here. This project is still underway, so stay tuned for more updates!

Pack Horses for Conservation: Support for Public Land Trespass Grow Reclamation

Cannabis for Conservation is teaming up with the Integral Ecology Research Center (IERC) to support reclamation of trespass grows on public lands. Our pack team is packing out gear and supplies for reclamation crews, expediting the time it takes to physically access these sites. The goal is to ultimately save access time for each site, with the hopes that more reclamation work can be completed for 2019. We received a grant from the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund to complete our first pack support trip. Check our social media links at the bottom of this page for updates on this project.

The Cannabis Removal on Public Lands Project (CROP)

Cannabis for Conservation’s Executive Director, Jackee Riccio, is the Regional Field Director of the CROP Project. CROP is addressing the overwhelming issue of cannabis cultivation on public lands, known as “trespass grows”. Public lands include National Forests, BLM land, and designated Wilderness Areas. Trespass grows are extremely hazardous sites, and greatly jeopardize the ecosystems in which they exist. These sites harbor banned pesticides such as Carbofuran, Sarin-based Malathion, and Bromadiolone, chemical fertilizers, and heaps of trash. The pesticides are highly toxic, and are expensive and difficult to remove given the topography of the landscape where trespass grows persist. Given that 60% of California’s water originates from National Forests, high contamination of watersheds threaten recipient communities and dependent wildlife. Reclamation of trespass grows is not only crucial for the conservation of wildlife, including ESA and CESA listed species including the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) and the Pacific Fisher (Pekania pennanti), but also for the safety of communities in the vicinity of trespass grows, and users of public lands.

For more information, please visit cropproject.org