26 November 2013

$25,000 awarded by Chukchansi Tribe to help clean up marijuana grow sites on the Sierra National Forest

The Chukchansi tribe of Coarsegold, Ca. has awarded $25,000 to the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation District to clean up marijuana grow sites near Oakhurst Ca. The funding will be used by the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew to clean-up toxins left in large scale marijuana grow sites found in the Sierra National Forest. The High Sierra crew has been working in partnership with the US Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife and has reclaimed more than 400 grow sites since 2004.
Of particular concern at these sites is the amount of rodenticide used and then left behind. The SNAMP fisher research team identified the first confirmed fisher death as a result of rodenticide poisoning believed to be from these sites and it is a growing concern, see here.

Anne Lombardo from the University of California Cooperative Extension helped Brittany Dyer from the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation District put the grant proposal together back in February. The tribe will hold an awards ceremony on December 3rd at 6pm at their casino. According to Anne, “This serves as a fitting thank you to Shane Krogen from the HSVTC, who we lost in September doing similar work, and all the effort he expended to address this problem in our forests.”

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