U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 360
California marijuana garden cleanup team wins award
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett presented Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Awards to ten departmental individuals and employees at the department’s Washington headquarters. “These awards are the equivalent of our Environmental Emmy awards,” she said.
One of the winners was the California Marijuana Garden Clean-up Project Team, with BLM-California's Ukiah Field Office. As the award stated:
Instances of marijuana growth and harvesting on remote and inaccessible public lands continue to increase. Not only a problem for the law enforcement community, the growers damage ecosystems by contaminating soil
Without site clean-ups, growers can easily replant “busted” marijuana gardens. This Bureau of Land Management pilot project used mustangs adopted through the Wild Horse and Burrow Program to pack out contaminants and debris from two illegal marijuana gardens on BLM managed land. The success of these two marijuana garden clean-ups will be used as a model for future clean ups.
Mustangs were used to pack out marijuana garden waste
Crew members cleanup drip irrigation hoses at an illegal garden site
Team members gather around piles of drip irrigation hose and waste in trash bags
"Interior Deputy Secretary Scarlett Presents Department’s 2008 Environmental Achievement Awards" (Department of the Interior news release, 11/18/08)
BLM-California News.bytes, issue 360
|Last updated: 12-04-2008|