Welcome to Habitat Forever. We are a grassroots group dedicated to addressing the extinction crisis, especially through the protection, restoration and expansion of habitat. We also encourage the exploration of more compatible ways of living in habitat.
We are in the midst of the largest extinction crisis, since the Cretaceous Extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. Currently, habitat loss is the number one cause of extinctions. Converting, fragmenting and degrading habitat must stop.
Our first campaign addresses the expansion of the marijuana industry in habitat. We are based in Humboldt County California, where the ongoing green-rush inflicts tremendous damage in vital habitat. We are pro-legalization and pro-habitat. The industry as a whole needs to change under legalization, starting with the realization that a major agricultural industry should not be located in habitat. The only reason the marijuana industry started in Humboldt was the War on Drugs. People grew here because they could evade law enforcement. Now that it is legal, we need a new criterion for where to grow marijuana. Protecting habitat and wildlife must be the top concern. If you start by chopping down swaths of forest, or bulldozing meadow or mountainside, you are inflicting damage and fragmenting habitat, no matter what your subsequent actions may be. Permits and licenses that do not take this into account, such as Humboldt’s, are worthless.
The cumulative impacts of the thousands of new grows devastates Humboldt’s forest habitat.
Marijuana should be grown in ecologically appropriate locations such as pre-existing agricultural land and near population centers, where prior development has already lowered wildlife values. It should be grown in sufficient quantity and scale to lower the price, to put the black market out of business. To educate the public about the environmental cost of Humboldt marijuana, we’ve produced a micro-documentary called Humboldt is Habitat.
What can California do to remedy this crisis? California’s legislators and regulators can limit the size and number of grows that can receive permits in habitat, and they can allow large grows (in ecologically appropriate places) NOW, not five years from now. California needs to put the black market out of business.
Humboldt in the news: “The image of the happy hippie cultivating the land doesn’t exist anymore.”
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