On May 9, 2016, California State Park Rangers, assisted by California National Guard, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Lear Asset Management, raided an illegal marijuana grow in Humboldt Redwoods State Park removing marijuana seedling plants, an assault rifle and toxic chemicals. A team from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps assisted with trash removal. The marijuana grow and camp was found within a quarter-mile of pristine old-growth redwood forest .
Three armed suspects were located in a nearby illegal camp near Bull Creek and fled on foot when contacted by law enforcement. The three suspects remain at large. At the illegal camp, rangers recovered an MK99 type assault rifle with hundreds of rounds of ammunition plus rodenticides and Furdadan, a highly toxic pesticide, within the grow site. In addition, approximately 2,000 seedling marijuana plants were removed.
Twenty acres of State Park land had been illegally cleared of native vegetation to facilitate the grow and the marijuana plants were watered directly from water diverted from the tributaries of Bull Creek. During the clean up, forty cubic yards of trash, fertilizers, pesticides, rodenticides, water hoses, hazardous material and other supplies were removed from the area. Disposal costs were paid for in part with assistance from the Humboldt County Public Works’ "Measure Z" public safety funding. Additional funding was provided by Mendocino County Blacktail Association and the Jere Melo Foundation.
Anyone with information regarding this particular resource crime or others on our State Parks lands please contact California State Parks at (707) 445-6547.