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Tree Removal Info Commonly Associated with Building Permits and Other Projects

Review this short checklist to help you determine if a timber harvest document is needed in Humboldt County.

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Alternate Water Sources Working Group Welcomes Speaker Hollie Hall

Hollie Hall, PhD, gave a talk called “Water Use on Cannabis Farms” and shared her knowledge of issues and opportunities that legal cannabis growers face: water sourcing issues, water quality issues, and the features of sustainable cannabis farm water systems.

California Watershed Approach to Landscape Design

Get inspired with this rich resource for evaluating your garden, growing living soil, detaining the rain, and placing the right plants in the right places.

Sustainable Seaweed Harvest Methods

General guidelines for harvesting all species of seaweed from James M. Jungwirth.

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Hollie Hall Presents on Sungrown Cannabis at Burning Man

Feed your Soil, Save the Planet — Burning Man 2018 welcomed Hollie Hall, PhD, to share her knowledge of regenerative cannabis farming practices that heal planet and people.

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Attract (and Help) Monarch Butterflies With Your Garden

These beautiful insects are at a record low in population, and your garden can help just by adding a few plants. Learn how with these resources.

Cannabis Farmers Help Fund Effort to Save the Van Arken

The Compliant Farms Watershed Fund, financed by environmentally-minded cannabis farmers, is proud to fund an acre for the Save the Van Arken project to permanently protect the bio-diverse headwaters of the Mattole River.

Cannabis Considered

80 Acres and Counting: Changing Times Bring New Partners in the Fight to Save the Van Arken!

Consumer Guide to Craft Cannabis includes Compliant Farms Certified

The April 2018 edition of Emerald Magazine features “The Consumer’s Guide to Buying Cannabis” as its cover story, and Compliant Farms Certified was one of several that were highlighted.

The California Way

It’s no secret that The California Way is something very special…

Alpenglow Farms

Plants will talk to you. Start looking at the signs. It’s like when you go to the beach. You show up, and you’re facing the sun. Before you know it, you’re looking away from the sun. Then, you’re covering yourself from the sun, and finally walking away, retreating. Plants do the same thing.

Source: The Ganjier

Protect Your Water and Local Rivers — Legalize Your Water Use

In the Emerald Triangle, our rivers are already overburdened and we may yet lose more water.

Source: The Ganjier

Beyond Compliance: Healthy Watersheds are the Base for Sustainable Cannabis

The cannabis community is buzzing with the idea of legitimacy and compliancy in what seems like a full-court press to come out of the woods, take control of environmental impacts, and create thriving businesses.

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5 Steps to Fish-Friendly Cannabis Farming

Implementing these 5 best management practices will help to maintain cool and abundant water supplies favored by fish, prevent farm by-products harmful to fish from entering streams and rivers, and move your cannabis farm toward legal compliance.

Source: The Ganjier

A Self-Guided Process for Determining Cannabis Farm Tier Status

The North Coast Regional Water Board’s Cannabis Cultivation Regulatory Program (Order R1-2015-0023) seeks to address water quality impacts from cannabis cultivation on private property in the North Coast Region.


Below are articles that provide a streamlined process to save you time and money on your path to environmental compliance.

Basic Concepts of Groundwater Hydrology
Best Management Practices

A prosperous Economy and a Healthy Environment.

Seeking Balance and Sustainability in Nothern California’s “Green Rush”.

Cannabis Cultivation Buffers

Surface and Subsurface Discharge Remediation

Cannabis cultivation can be a source of both surface (sediment) and subsurface (nitrogen) discharge that threatens water quality. However, with remediation buffers, cultivation sites can mitigate discharge, improve watershed health and produce a rich source of compost.

Compliant Farms Comments Proposed Ordinance Policy Areas and Discussion Items
Environmental Risks and Opportunities in Cannabis Cultivation
Fuel load reduction

A Holistic Approach to Watershed Health


  • Increases forage
  • Opens corridors
  • Reduces fungal and pest populations
Greywater Reuse


  • Saves water
  • Saves time
  • Conserves energy
  • Encourages healthy product use
  • Extends life of septic systems

A Living System of Water Storage

Too often ponds are designed exclusively for water storage; however, with this linear design perspective, ponds become more maintenance than asset. Ponds design with guidance from nature are clean stable environmentsthat provide water for agriculture, recreation and habitat enhancement.


Integrated Management for Preventing Discharge and Enhancing In-Stream Flows

Erosion Prevention

  • Outsloping
  • Rolling Dips
  • Natural Margins
Rural Property Seasonal Timeline
Rural Water System Protocol
Site Design for Cannabis Cultivation

Buffers, off-season protocols, native hedgerows and rainwater harvesting and cachment systems are the key to mitigating the potential for sediment and nitrogeneous waste discharge from cultivated sites. Employing such strategies also reduces supplemental nutrient costs, eliminates the need for diversions, decreases the total volume required for irrigation and enhances in-stream flows.

Wildfire and Fuel Management

Planning & Design

Water, land, and resource use planning and farm design with a holistic perspective of watersheds. The Compliant Farms team develops and monitors the implementation of plans that help farmers to take advantage of a property’s assets to improve soil fertility, water efficiency, and watershed health, while moving their farms beyond baseline compliance. Covering topics such as cultivation site suitability, integrated pest management, soil fertility, water security, rainwater catchment, regenerative farming techniques, our team specializes in taking your cannabis farm beyond compliance into excellence.


The Compliant Farms team is available for consultation on the ecological aspects of your cannabis farm and associated land so you can make the most of your resources responsibly. Popular consultation topics include: water system design and compliance, holistic land management, soil fertility improvement, integrated pest management, watershed management, land use design, rainwater catchment systems, regenerative farming techniques, natural resources management, and cannabis farm compliance.


We work with farmers to assess compliance with environmental regulations, implement plans for meeting compliance standards, and monitor progress toward achievement of a farming system that have positive, cumulative effects on the overall watershed. We specialize in compliance with the Water Board’s water quality programs, County environmental compliance, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife compliance., We take farmers beyond the mandated standards so their farms can continue to thrive for years to come.

Site Assessment

When the Compliant Farms team goes to a farm for a primary site assessment, we thoroughly inspect the parcel’s developed,cultivated, and adjacent wild land areas. It is our goal to empower our clients to understand how their activities can be integrated into a watershed-wide perspective. After the assessment is complete, we provide clients with a summary and a list of action items highlighting best management actions to be taken as soon as possible to reduce negative environmental impacts. We also collect information for water rights permitting, assess the need for California Fish and Wildlife permits and begin the development of a long-term vision.


We want all farmers to benefit from the knowledge of regenerative farming practices and other techniques that save water, improve soil, and keep plants thriving. The Compliant Farms team offers workshops and livecast videos with DIY tips and advice for farmers on a wide variety of topics, including Last Minute Farm Winterization and Reducing Runoff. Find more resources here.


We love to share our knowledge. Principals Hollie Hall, PhD and Dan Mar, CPD are accepting invitations for speaking opportunities with sufficient advance notice. Learn more about who they are and how to get in touch.