CDFW Seek Grants to Restore Habitat Impacted by Cannabis Cultivation

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USA -(Ammoland.com)- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects within the California watersheds most impacted by unregulated cannabis cultivation.

Contingent on the Budget Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, a total of $1.5 million in Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration funds will be made available through CDFW’s Cannabis Restoration Grant Program.

The program will focus on the North Coast watersheds extending from Sonoma County to the Oregon state line, as they have been most heavily impacted by cannabis cultivation.

“Existing damage to our watersheds due to unregulated cannabis cultivation is at crisis levels in terms of threats to habitat for aquatic and wildlife species,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “While many grow sites have been abandoned or shuttered, the infrastructure and ongoing damage remains. We are poised to initiate this critical and missing step in the process of decommissioning unwanted grow sites.”

California’s fish and wildlife are severely impacted by unregulated cannabis cultivation practices including unlawful water diversions for irrigation, conversion of lands, and prohibited herbicides, rodenticides and other environmental contaminants.

The most impacted areas require immediate action. Assembly Bill 243 (Wood, Medical Marijuana) provides direction to CDFW to restore watersheds impacted by cannabis cultivation.

“Our beautiful, pristine North Coast forests have become havens for these rogue grow sites,” said Assembly member Jim Wood, who represents five of the county areas eligible for these grants. “These sites have been ravaged by lethal chemicals, often-banned rodenticides which are used to keep animals away, but remain in the ground and eventually run off into rivers and streams, destroying everything in their path, including endangered fish species such as coho salmon. I am grateful that the Governor and CDFW are making these funds available for this much-needed cleanup.”

The FY 2017-2018 Proposal Solicitation Notice, application instructions and other information about the Restoration Grant Program are available on their website.

Proposals must be submitted online. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017 at 4 p.m.

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I’d be interested in seeing some studies or surveys describing and qualntifying the alledged damage. I know the Army, under direction of DEA (an illegal situation, but….) has sprayed periquot, an herb contaminant that is persistant. and I believe also Agent Orange, in their silly desparate attempts to eradicate the grows. I wonder exactly what “rodenticides” are alledgedly present.. few of them persist for very long, so I question the claim about persisting in the soil and destroying everything all the way to the sea. As to the infrastructure they are bellyaching about, diverting water for irrigation, roads, structures, SO… Read more »

Snakeye
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How about using all those illegal aliens that CA cities are harboring in their sanctuary cities and use them to clean up their mess since they value their existence to remain in CA so much.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Snakeye, How about using the sanctuary city mayors, chiefs of police, and bureaucrats to clean up right beside them!

Tionico
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Tionico

HEY now, THERE is a great idea….. I’m in on that one.

Vanns40
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Vanns40

Why not put those who are convicted of drug dealing, and are in prison, to work, cleaning up some of these sites? Sort of poetic justice.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Vanns, Prisons used to make prisoners work, but unions used political “clout” to put a stop to that claiming that it was taking work away from the working man.

Vanns40
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Vanns40

There are no “working man” for this and CA is in dire straits financially. Work programs are the norm in many states, CA included, I believe, so why not just make this just another one of those programs?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Vann, Well, if it were up to you, me, Jim Baley, and Snakeyes, it probably would be.

Tionico
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Tionico

the onces convicted of “drug dealing” aren’t the ones who were growing marijuana in the northcoast woods. Those formerly illegal sites were doing what is now legal……. one more instance of corrupt government taking something neutral and under pressure from special interest groups who don’t want competition turned into “malum prohibidum”. It never was “malun in se”. Learn the difference.

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James Bailey

You are so blinded by your pro-grass stance, that you reject empirical evidence.

I suggest you pull your head out and clear it for a while so that you can see the human Devastation caused by all those so-called Growers which you were defending!!

You really don’t want to get into it with me on this one: I’ve seen what the drug trade does up close and personal and quite frankly those who stipulate absolutely of it being non-violent simply do not care about the horror, The Agony, and the deaths, of innocent human beings.

Sgt. Saxxon
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Sgt. Saxxon

I’m with you 100% on this one, James!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Put a bounty on the mj growers. Two ears equals a bounty. The state governments used to pay a bounty on gophers, and mj producers do more damage than gophers. Americans need the work.

Tionico
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Tionico

you did not READ the aritcle… the FORMER grow ites in question are closed, abandoned, shuttered. You’d perhaps get some long range target practice on squirels, rabbits, and maybe the occasional coyote.

Tionico
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Tionico

Besides, how ya gonna make sure all those ears belonged to folks who used to illegally grow what they can now legally grow? Its pretty hard to grab a pair of gopher ears without first making that critter go mighty slow. And gopher ears don’t look like chipmunk or rabbit ears. But growers ears look just like yours…..

Wild Bill
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@Tio, It was gopher’s two back legs. Perhaps you are suggesting that a lot of non-marijuana growing liberals’ ears might get mixed in with the ears of legitimately taken mj growers’ ears. Well, have the agency that pays the bounty inspect them closer.

James Bailey
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James Bailey

Send Sheriff’s Department eradication teams throughout the various Valley’s, Ravines and so forth, with tactical rifles for long range shooting and simply clear out the drug cartels grow operations.

A couple of years of these kinds of tactics and the drug cartels will get the idea.