Our projects involve habitats and wildlife populations that interface with cannabis.
Ecological Research & Monitoring on Legal Cannabis Farms
Our research will seek to enhance habitat for native species, increase biodiversity, find effective non-toxicant deterrents and biological controls for Integrated Pest Management plans, and monitor species persisting on farms over time.
Cannabis for Conservation is working with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to help manage and conserve Pallid bats on legal farms through the establishment of the first Voluntary Local Program, the precursor to Safe Harbor Agreements. This project is still underway, so stay tuned!
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. Given that 60% of California’s water originates from National Forests, high contamination of watersheds threatens recipient communities and dependent wildlife. These sites harbor illegal pesticides such as Carbofuran, Sarin-based Malathion, 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. Non-target wildlife has also been severely impacted by the presence of these pesticides, many of which were already imperiled populations. Reclamation of trespass grows is crucial for the conservation of certain species including the Pacific Fisher (Pekania pennanti) and the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), 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