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Trespass Cannabis Cultivation on Fee Lands - Leslie Lew

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Conservation and Cannabis: A Complex and Timely Matter for Bay Area Lands

On 09/28/17, the Bay Area Open Space Council convened its Autumn Gathering on the impacts of recreational cannabis legalization on Bay Area conservation and agriculture. More about it at #OSCCannabis on Twitter, and http://openspacecouncil.org/community-events/gatherings/

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Trespass Cannabis Cultivation on Fee Lands - Leslie Lew

  1. 1. Trespass Cannabis CultivationTrespass Cannabis Cultivation on Fee Landson Fee Lands
  2. 2. Stoves, propane tanks, and sleeping bags
  3. 3. Hazards – Trespass Cultivation • Danger to staff, public, and resources • Rodenticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers • Vegetation removal • Terraforming • Poaching • Water quality – instream fertilizer, impoundments, diversions • Debris – Camping gear, irrigation line
  4. 4. Terracing, Clearing, Irrigation
  5. 5. Possible Poaching
  6. 6. Impoundments – On and Off Stream
  7. 7. Water DiversionsWater Diversions
  8. 8. DebrisDebris
  9. 9. Miles of Irrigation Line
  10. 10. Base Camp
  11. 11. Trespass Cultivation Summit • Other land protection entities –State Parks, SLT, Regional Parks • Law Enforcement – • CAMP, Sheriffs, State Parks, DOJ • Resource agencies/possible
  12. 12. Summit Discussion Items • Safety - Guns and chemicals • Deterrence • Detection • Disposal • Funding • Recommendations - alternatives to closure
  13. 13. Clean-up and Remediation Funding • Prop 84 • Other watershed restoration grants • Cannabis Restoration Grant Program (CRG) https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Watersheds one time only • Cal Recycle - http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/GrantsLoans/Farm • Future prop 64 permitting funds
  14. 14. Deterrence 1.Clean up 2.Patrol 3.Signage
  15. 15. Clean up
  16. 16. A Fraction of Garbage Removed from One Site
  17. 17. Kitchen, produce garden, shower, family photosKitchen, produce garden, shower, family photos
  18. 18. Extensive drying racks, garbage dumped in stream
  19. 19. Patrol
  20. 20. Signage
  21. 21. RESULTS No new trespass cultivation 2013 - 2017
  22. 22. CONTACT Leslie Lew Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Leslie.Lew@sonoma-county.org

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