Conservation and Cannabis: A Complex and Timely Matter for Bay Area Lands
August 9, 2017
There is an increasing awareness that illegal cannabis operations are having negative impacts on many Bay Area public and private lands. They impact the environments where they are located, often introducing chemicals that harm plants and wildlife, diverting water from creeks and streams, and creating areas that are unsafe to manage. The statewide legalization of recreational cannabis could address issues like these in a number of ways. Land managers and government officials are working to determine what the future holds — Will illegal grows decrease? Will agricultural land values increase? How much tax revenue will generated by cannabis sales?
Join us at our Fall Gathering on Thursday, September 28, 2017 for what is sure to be a lively discussion on the implications of cannabis legalization for Bay Area lands. You will hear perspectives on:
- If legalization and regulation will make land management challenges easier to address for Bay Area conservationists and agriculturalists, or if things will stay status quo?
- Scenarios on how it might impact regional land values, land use, and agriculture.
- How on-the-ground strategies can deter illegal grows.
- Funding available to restore habitats impacted by grows, and how to obtain it
Our panelists are:
- Bill Keene, General Manager, Moderator, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
- Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director, California Growers Association
- Leslie Lew, Planner – Stewardship, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
- Mark Fenstermaker or Alfredo Arredondo, Legislative Consultants, Conservation Strategy Group
The Gathering will be held at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Doors open at 9:30am. The program starts at 10am and there will be ample time for Q&A with the audience. Lunch will be served from 12-1pm. We’ll be using #OSCCannabis to talk about the event on social.