Wood Ranch Cannabis Cultivation Project -


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Humboldt County
Document Title
Wood Ranch Cannabis Cultivation Project -
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Zoning: Agriculture Exclusive & Timberland Production Zone (AE/TPZ) General Plan Land Use: Timberland the property has been used for commercial cannabis cultivation for over a decade
Document Description
The project involves two primary components: A. Remediation and restoration of approximately 6.7 acres of land disturbance associated with seven (7) discrete areas historically used for cannabis cultivation. The property was the subject of a Notice of Violation and Cleanup and Abatement Order issued by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2021 (R1-2021-0003). All remediation & restoration work is being designed to correct outstanding violations and comply with direction received from the Regional Board and Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Army Corps of Engineers. Remediation work is detailed in the draft Cleanup, Restoration, and Monitoring Plan (CRMP) which seeks to restore the sites to their pre-development state as closely as possible and which includes: (1) removing all development related material from the sites; (2) pulling back fill and fill slopes and re-contouring fill into source cut hill slopes to recreate pre-development, historic topography; (3) implementing erosion control measures to prevent sediment transport into water courses; (4) re-planting native vegetation; and (5) removing drainage structures as needed and improving drainage channels to the pre-development state. Work will likely also involve on and off-site compensatory mitigation for temporal impacts from the water quality violations, including wetland creation and enhancement activities and similar measures. B. Development and operation of approximately 86,000 square feet of new Outdoor cannabis cultivation in greenhouses within an approximately 6-acre area in the northern part of the project parcel. This will require erection of forty-four (44) 2,000 square foot greenhouses (one of which will be used for 2,000 ft.² of nursery/propagation activities) as well as construction of a 12,500 square foot drying barn within this same area. While the existing greenhouses have historically used artificial light controlled by timers and mechanical curtains, the proposed greenhouses will not initially include use of artificial lighting, with the exception of the nursery/propagation greenhouse. Use of artificial lighting is planned to resume in conjunction with a switch to Mixed-Light Cultivation, once grid power or on-site renewable energy infrastructure is in place and of sufficient capacity to supply the amount of power required. The parcel is developed with a well and several ponds providing a total of approximately 2.2 million gallons of stored water for cannabis irrigation, as well as an additional 20,000 gallons in hard tanks. Additional water tanks are proposed to be installed near the site of the proposed new greenhouses. With initially two harvests per year, approximately 866,240 gallons of water are required. When grid power or adequate on-site renewable energy is available, use of supplemental lighting will be possible allowing a third harvest and an approximately 50% increase in water use (totaling 1,299,360 gallons of water use annually). The cultivation stage will require minimal staffing as the plants will be watered using drip irrigation. The harvesting stage of production will require use of additional seasonal staff members to harvest and hang the plant for drying and curing, followed by removal of dried buds and trimming. The dried product will then either be packaged on-site and/or moved to a distribution facility. The project would employ ten (10) staff for regular operations, which would double seasonally to twenty (20) staff during the two or three annual harvests. The temporary staffing increases during harvest lasts approximately 30-days and ordinarily occurs during midsummer and fall.

Contact Information

Steven Lazar
Agency Name
Humboldt County Planning & Building Department
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Wood Ranch Road & road to Eel River Conservation Camp #31
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Highway 101
Garberville Airport
Redway Elementary, South Fork High School
South Fork Eel River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cannabis Program (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Development Types
Commercial (Commercial Cannabis Cultivation & Environmental Remediation)(Sq. Ft. 86000, Acres 6, Employees 10)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydrology/Water Quality, Tribal Cultural Resources
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


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