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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 05/09/14
Contacts: Lynda Roush (707) 825-2300    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-14-52

BLM, Partners to Airlift Marijuana Grow Site Debris from Public Land Sites


Hundreds of pounds of debris from recently-eradicated illegal marijuana cultivation sites will be airlifted out of public lands sites in northern Mendocino County, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13 and 14.

Staff members with the Bureau of Land Management will work with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, volunteers from the Eel River Recovery Project and the California National Guard, which will provide a helicopter.

Helicopter flights will be visible from several communities including Garberville and Redway.

BLM officials said debris from illegal cultivation sites is unsightly and can impact natural resources.  Removing growing infrastructure may discourage future cultivation on the sites.  Using a helicopter lessens the impact on public lands, including areas protected as designated Wilderness.  

The debris, including irrigation lines, camping gear and trash, was collected over the past six months at four  illegal cultivation sites in the South Fork Eel and Elkhorn wilderness areas and the Little Dann Management Area.




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