An issue quietly plaguing Northern California’s forests for decades is finally coming to the surface as legalization sweeps the Golden State and mountain growers are forced out of the woodwork.
A press release issued Wednesday from the office of North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) expressed the immense concern the California Governor’s office holds regarding trespass grows in the Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino counties.
According the release, Governor Jerry Brown has earmarked $1.5 million to fund the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, which will address the environmental cleanup of trespass grow sites throughout the forests of Northern California. The funding was part of the Governor’s May Revision budget which was published yesterday.
“Our beautiful pristine forests have become havens for these illegal grow sites,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood, who represents these North Coast counties.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, as many as 5,000 organized crime-operated illegal grows are discovered each year in the state.
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