Pot Plantations Polluting The Sierra's & Endangering Firefighters

From AP via Breitbart:

“National forests and parks—long popular with Mexican marijuana-growing cartels—have become home to some of the most polluted pockets of wilderness in America because of the toxic chemicals needed to eke lucrative harvests from rocky mountainsides, federal officials said.

The grow sites have taken hold from the West Coast’s Cascade Mountains, as well as on federal lands in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Seven hundred grow sites were discovered on U.S. Forest Service land in California alone in 2007 and 2008—and authorities say the 1,800-square-mile Sequoia National Forest is the hardest hit.

Weed and bug sprays, some long banned in the U.S., have been smuggled to the marijuana farms. Plant growth hormones have been dumped into streams, and the water has then been diverted for miles in PVC pipes.

Rat poison has been sprinkled over the landscape to keep animals away from tender plants. And many sites are strewn with the carcasses of deer and bears poached by workers during the five-month growing season that is now ending….”

The Cascadel Fire that burned a few hundred acres in Madera County last month offers an example of how pot growers present a danger to firefighters. An injured firefighter was airlifted to a Fresno hospital due of injuries sustained fighting the fire.

Officials stated marijuana growers were responsible for starting the fire. Local news did not follow up on this story, maybe they figured no one cares.

Towards the end of the Basin Complex campaign this summer firefighters stumbled upon a plantation with over 45,000 plants. During my time at the academy we were taught that pot growers utilized booby traps. Add toxic fertilizers and poisons to the mix now.

One outfit I would think should care is the Sierra Club. Where are they? Their endowments must run into the multi millions annually and surely they are sitting on tens of millions. Where are they? Surely their founder John Muir would support freeing up some funds. After all the Club got its start in the Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

Here is the mission statement of the Sierra Club;

“To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”

Maybe it’s time for environmental groups to step up and offer help to the National Park law enforcement people. Park budgets are stretched and there is little chance things will ever get better on that end.

2 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    BORDER PATROL ….. US CUSTOMS has hired 6,ooo additional agents at $60,000 to $70,000 a year. ($420 million) Firefighters who can take the hot climate and want to save the forests from the Texicans may want to “run for the border” I admire the firefighters and feel bad for all men caught in the flames.

  • Anonymous says:

    You’re right! No one cares about pot plantations, and no one wants Arnold and George W in a helicopter peeping on their wife sunbathing. RAT BAIT Scattering rat bait in the forest is a very bad practice however, and kills rare birds like the Osprey as well. Good bait practice is to use a 1 inch black pvc bait tube with a cap on one end, secured with large rocks. That would be evidence of educated white man on the reservation,targetting the over abundant hanta virus rat and not larger mammals, fish, and birds. BLAZING BEANERS BATMAN! Your propaganda illustrates why Pot should be legalized by the federalies and tested for poisons. There was a couple Blazing Beaners in camo gear hospitalized after running from a forest fire N of Whiskeytown in August 2008. It appeared in the comedy section of our local paper. GEORGE W vs the AMOEBA This also proves why W is strategicly dumber than an amoeba. Amoebas fight invading bacteria at the cell wall. W waits till they invade, then targets the healthy citizens and economy with retarded resource wasting paramilitary raids.