MADERA COUNTY – Individuals interested in cleaning up former grow sites for illegal marijuana on public lands may volunteer to do so in the next several days.
As many as 15 such sites are being cleared of pipe and trash with debris being staged for later pick up or pulled out with nets during the operation.
According to organizer Rick Fleming, meeting times and places vary, along with the length of time it takes to do the job. Individuals are required to have boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, gloves, vests, hard hats and safety glassed. HSVTC will provide gloves, vests, hard hats and glasses.
The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew is spearheading the clean-up effort with funding from a $25,000 grant given by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians in 2013. The grant was awarded to the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation District in partnership with the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP), according to SNAMP southern site rep Anne Lombardo.
Forest clean up volunteer participants must RSVP and include emergency contact information. General locations are listed below; specific directions are to be announced as needed. The work began on Wednesday, Nov. 5, continued in the Bass Lake/North Fork area Thursday, Nov. 6, and will run operate through next week.
Friday, Nov. 7: North Fork
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 – 9: Sequoia National Forest off Hwy 180 Kings Canyon Area
Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12 – 13: Hwy 168 corridor
Friday, Nov. 14: Mop up location to be determined
For more information, contact Rick Fleming.