U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM Staff Uses Mustangs to Clean up Marijuana Garden Site
Trained mustangs from the BLM’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals were indispensable and cost saving tools when staff from the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office cleaned up a high desert marijuana garden in northeast California last month.
Faced with a rugged, remote garden site inaccessible by vehicles, the Eagle Lake Office staff turned to the corrals, the horse-handling expertise of BLM wranglers and BLM’s group of trained wild horses for help in cleaning up the extensive growing site.
The crew made 14 pack trips out of the canyon and filled a truck with irrigation lines, fertilizer packaging and camping debris. The field office estimated a savings of $5,000 to $10,000 compared to using a helicopter. BLM wranglers pitched in with horse handling duties.
BLM law enforcement rangers said it appeared the growing site, capable of producing up to 7,000 plants, had been used for three years. It was hidden among brush and streamside vegetation on public and private land about seven miles from Highway 395 near the California-Nevada border northeast of Susanville.
- Jeff Fontana, Public Affairs Officer, BLM Northern California District (September, 2012)