On May 10, 2017, California Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, announced that California Gov. Jerry Brown will allot $1.5 million from California’s state budget to cover an Emerald Triangle cannabis cleanup of illegal grow sites in Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino Counties.
“These illegal grow sites do untold damage to forests and wildlife along the North Coast and with Assemblymember Wood’s leadership, we’re doing something about it,” Brown said in a press release.
“Our beautiful pristine forests have become havens for these illegal grow sites,” Wood said. “These illegitimate growers have continued to ignore not only state laws for farming cannabis, but have left these sites ravaged by lethal chemicals, clear cutting and thousands of pounds of trash.”
According to Charlton Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “These funds will go to our well-established Fisheries Restoration Grant Program which was created to address declining populations of wild salmon and steelhead trout, and deteriorating fish habitat in California … . The $1.5 million will help us continue to clean up the egregious environmental damage, specifically to California’s waterways, caused by illegal marijuana cultivation sites.”
The full text of Brown’s revised state budget should be issued on May 11.
Emerald Triangle cannabis is no stranger to environmental crimes, but Humboldt County is attempting to stave off such crimes by offering pesticide use compliance training for commercial cannabis cultivators on May 31 in Eureka. This training could help those looking to protect the Emerald Triangle’s cannabis niche.