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Help Clean Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites On Public Lands

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.

Wilderness pot grow aerial near BagbyThe 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.

One comment

  1. I believe the volunteer group to clean up our country is great!! We all need to involved in our country more!! But as long as the cartel can harvest one or two of their crop’s each year!!! they will always be back to destroy our mountains!!!! If you can cut off their water. No WATER NO LIFE no MONEY!!! How about volunteer’s with our Sheriff’s department to find the water spot’s and cut off their life blood!

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