Cannabis Farmers Help Fund Effort to Save the Van Arken

Press release from The Compliant Farms Watershed Fund:

Compliant Farms Watershed FundThe 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.

The Van Arken Watershed is in the heart of the Mattole River headwaters and spans 1,650 acres in Humboldt County, California. This watershed is currently free from residential development, and is a salmon stronghold for wild runs of native coho, chinook, and steelhead. Sanctuary Forest launched the Fund an Acre campaign to take advantage of an opportunity to purchase and protect this sensitive watershed from being divided and developed.

“I am really excited about the Fund an Acre program for the Van Arken Watershed,” said Hollie Hall, co-founder of Compliant Farms and steward of the Watershed Fund. “Not just because of the incredible positive impact that holistic management of the watershed will have on the overall health of the Mattole River, but also because it provides another opportunity for environmentally-minded cannabis farmers to come out of the shadows with their long-time community support by rocking a land stewardship logo on their webpages and products.”

Sanctuary Forest has created a Save the Van Arken logo that donating businesses can display to show they support permanently protecting the incredibly rich and bio-diverse land in the headwaters of the Mattole River.

The Compliant Farms Watershed Fund is an education and research fund that is hosted by the Humboldt Area Foundation and funded by the cannabis farmers who work to be Compliant Farms Certified. “We seek to fund projects that support integration of the cannabis community, with our broader community and healing of our environment,” Hollie Hall said. “The Van Arken project fits this bill perfectly.”

Sanctuary Forest Save the Van Arken

Infographic on how much Sanctuary Forest has raised for Save the Van Arken so far.

Sanctuary Forest’s goal is to secure 90 Fund an Acre donors each year for the next 5 years, resulting in a total of nearly $2.5 million. That’s about 28% of the estimated purchase price of 9 million dollars. These donations will leverage significant support from state grants (55%) and foundations (11%) to buy the land and create the Van Arken Community Forest.

Friends, neighbors, road associations, cannabis farmers and collectives have stepped up and donated/pledged to fund an acre all at once or over the life of the campaign (Starting in 2018 – 4 years: $1,375/year; $115/month). Sanctuary Forest has funded over 75 acres, and has raised over $557,000 in donations and pledges since 2016.

Learn more about the Fund an Acre project at



  • Hilarious. They use chemicals to make loads of cash but consider themselves “environmentalists.” Hippycrites all.

    • Stereotyping doesn’t really work. There are a significant number of those in the cannabis industry that don’t grow with chemicals and don’t use chemicals in processing.

    • Uhm I think your head may be stuck in some sand or something, pull it up and have a look around. The majority of old school farmers dont use chemicals, & im talking outdoor grows. Indoor growers use lots of chemicals unfortunately.

      Yes some outdoor growers use chemicals and we all hate it.
      To be a compliant farm your product has to test clean in a lab, which we actually have one of the top labs in the state that’s been around for a long time doing all sorts of testing non pot related. Now we get the benefit of a top notch lab for herb here.

      For a long long time lots and lots of conscientious outdoor growers have donated time and money to many non profits and especially environmental ones. They also invested in rural schools and fire departments. Oh and a full on radio station & community center.
      When I got to so hum I was taught to volunteer and donate. Some folks would have a plant specifically for a project, like that’s the playground plant, money made off it will go to making a cool place for kids to play locally.

      If you want to point fingers at the worst chemical polluters look no further than the logging industry. I haven’t heard of growers mixing their herbicides with diesel fuel to make it stick and aerially sprayed it everywhere. If only the MAXXAM style logging had been this regulated.

      • Look around, old school growers are greatly outnumbered.

      • “Indoor growers use lots of chemicals unfortunately.

        Yes some outdoor growers use chemicals and we all hate it.”

        You really just have no idea what youre talking about. Growing indoors allows you to control the introduction of pests and environmental conditions that prevent the growth of pathogenic fungi.
        Outdoor growers seem to always compared the worst possible indoor practices to the best conceivable outdoor practices. Fact is that the standards of indoor are typically much closers to best practices than outdoor. See the recent Journal article on the topic of outdoor being nearly all contaminated with fungicide. Do you recall the recent articles on rat poisons used by indoor growers killing fishers and owls? Oh wait, that was outdoor.

        Fertilizer run off from indoor is treated, outdoors it is introduced to the environment.

        Both indoor and outdoor use commercial soils, but outdoor is typically transported much farther, increasing the carbon footprint, this is true of all the supplies used in an outdoor operation. The numerous trips back and forth from the farm in large trucks is also a considerable source of carbon pollution.

        Indoor does not cause forest fragmentation, does not require logging, grading or stream diversion.

        Energy generated by the Natural gas power plant is relatively clean and for about $30/month you can opt for all renewable source vie Redwood Energy.

        Indoor causes no light or noise pollution.

        Indoor produces cannabis that is not only clean of the pesticides and pathogens for which cannabis is tested but is also free of dust, pollen, insect waste, ect.

        Best practices vs best practice, the two are about the same. But the best practices in outdoor are very rare. Those who do have responsible outdoor practices are active in pushing the “sungrown” agenda and seeking media coverage.

        • Where is run off treated? What is the medium for growing? It is certainly not magically produces inside. Does it overload the local sewerage treatment plant or do you think running it through a private septic system takes care of the problem? What about electricity generating costs to the environment? Natural gas is transported and burned. Being less polluting than say oil fired systems is not the same as no pollution. Not to mention the electrical fire. One of those will negate any attempt to reduce pollution.

          And you should give commerical growers using your techniques for keeping indoor grows pest free because that constant battles with pests that sneak inand get out of control. Any relatively new garden is likely not to have acpest problem. But any long term garden, indoor or outdoor, will have developed its own population of pests.

          Worst possible damages always happen, especially among pot growers. So flicking off their liabilities is like saying everyone is a hold driver. Unreal.

        • Fake news 😂^^

  • This is an amazing gesture by a diverse group. Thanks for your efforts and participation!

  • Right on!

  • A great thing to donate to!!

  • It’s so cool to be compliant! Just bend over and you can do it too!!

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