The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program funds projects that restore anadromous salmonid habitat in watersheds most heavily impacted by Cannabis cultivation.
2017 Awards Announced
November 20, 2017 - CDFW Awards $1.3 million for cannabis restoration projects.
Mitigated Negative Declaration for Cannabis Restoration Projects
As required by the California Environmental Quality Act, CDFW is providing Public Notice of the completion of a Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDF) for the 2017 Cannabis Restoration Projects.
Application Workshop Video Available
If you missed the June 13 application workshop, you can view the presentation video. Also available is the presentation (PDF).
Updates for Application Process - FAQ
CDFW has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) to address questions received. If you would like to see additional questions answered, please email WatershedGrants@wildlife.ca.gov.
Please note, SOAR previously referenced Attachment 5, Anadromous Salmonid Recovery Task and Limiting Factors Form. This form is not required as part of the application for the Cannabis Grant Program, and has since been removed from the list of attachments. Thus there seven attachments required, as follows:
- Attachment 1 - Project Description (Template provided (Word))
- Attachment 2 - Maps and Graphics
- Attachment 3 - Engineering Design Drawings
- Attachment 4 - Budget Tables (Template Provided (Excel))
- Attachment 6 - Law Enforcement Agency Coordination Plan
- Attachment 7 - Revegetation Restoration Plan
- Attachment 8 - Project Information Needed for Programmatic Permits (Template Provided (Word))
2017 Proposal Solicitation Notice Released!
June 5, 2017 - CDFW is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Cannabis Restoration Grant Program. Please see the Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) for details. Proposals due Friday, June 30, by 4:00 p.m., PDT. Proposals must be submitted online at Soar.Resources.ca.gov.
June 1, 2017 - Public Meeting Recordings Available:
May 26, 2017 Meeting
California's fish and wildlife are severely impacted by 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 on the part of CDFW. Assembly Bill 243 (Wood, Medical Marijuana) provides direction to CDFW to restore watersheds impacted by Cannabis cultivation in key areas of Coastal Northern California.
Projects that conduct habitat restoration activities using methods described in the California Salmonid Habitat Restoration Manual (Flosi et al 1998, 2003, 2006, and 2009) may be covered by CDFW's Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) programmatic CEQA and permits for Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act. These projects may also obtain ESA coverage as needed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' programmatic Section 7 consultation on its regional general permit to the FRGP. See the PSN for more details relevant to permitting requirements.
Documents relevant to permitting:
Focus & Timeline (FY 2017-18)
Approximately $1.5 million is available for Fiscal Year 2017-18 for projects that implement restoration of habitat most heavily impacted by Cannabis cultivation in California's North Coast. The FY 2017-18 Proposal Solicitation Notice, anticipated for release on June 1, 2017, will have more information on eligibility and how to apply.
Cannabis Restoration Grant Program Proposed Timeline (FY 2017-18)
||May 23 and 26, 2017
|Proposal Solicitation Notice Released
||June 1, 2017
||June 30, 2017
|Proposal Evaluation Process
||July - November 2017
|Project Awards Announced
See the Cannabis Program webpage for information relevant to environmental review and permitting of Cannabis.