On August 27, 2011, while working as a forester, Jere Melo was shot to death while investigating a report of an illegal drug cultivation site. In the last ten years of his career, Jere spent considerable time addressing the effects of marijuana cultivation and it’s associated harms through environmental degradation, illegal water diversion, and harm to animals and humans alike.
His death graphically highlighted this invasion on forestland throughout California. In response, a group of concerned citizens formed the Jere Melo Foundation to ensure Jere’s work was continued, and his memory was honored.
The issue the Jere Melo Foundation addresses is the hostile intrusion on the forest itself. Drug growers trespass onto both private and public lands in remote areas to grow because:
This is a raging environmental and safety disaster, a dark reality that too many justify or simply turn away. Join us as we try and find a way to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Turning a blind eye and doing nothing is being part of the problem. We need to be a loud and persistent voice that this disaster be addressed, whatever it takes.