WEOTT, Calif. - California State Park Rangers, assisted by multiple agencies, raided an illegal marijuana grow in Humboldt Redwoods State Park removing marijuana seedling plants, an assault rifle and toxic chemicals Monday, May 9, 2016.
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. Rangers also found rodenticides and Furdadan, a highly toxic pesticide, within the grow site. Approximately 2,000 seedling marijuana plants were removed.
Twenty acres of State Park land had been illegally cleared of native vegetation. The marijuana plants were watered directly from water diverted from the tributaries of Bull Creek.
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.
The marijuana grow and camp was found within a quarter-mile of pristine old-growth redwood forest. Rangers were assisted by the California National Guard, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Lear Asset Management. A team from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps assisted with trash removal.
Anyone with information regarding this particular resource crime or others on our State Parks lands please contact California State Parks at (707) 445-6547.
Community members are invited to gather for a Celebration of the Life of Lucille Bartlett Vinyard, who passed away on December 30 at the age of 97. The event will be held on Sunday, May 22, starting at 2 p.m. at the Kate Buchanan Room on the Humboldt State University (HSU) campus (directions at www.humboldt.edu/maps/rooms). A few invited speakers will share remembrances of Lucille. Then, attendees can add to her story via an open mic (2-minute maximum each). After the reminiscences, participants are welcome to mingle and enjoy champagne and desserts. A selection of Lucille’s journals, correspondence, diaries, reports, and photos from her HSU archival collection will be on display.
Lucille was an accomplished environmental activist and conservationist, known to many as the “Mother of Redwood National Park.” In 1964, she helped form the North Group of the Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter and led in the battle to preserve the remaining ancient redwood forests in the region. She was a founding board member of the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) and the Redwood Natural History Association. Lucille is also remembered for her efforts to pass the California Coastal Zone Protection Act and the California Wilderness Act.
If you would like to contribute a short piece about Lucille for sharing through the NEC website, send them to email@example.com. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the HSU Library’s Vinyard and Van Kirk Trust, to help pay for archiving the records of Lucille and Susie Van Kirk (who passed away one day after Lucille) or to the Vinyard/van Kirk Environmental Education Fund, which supports sending local children to outdoor camp. The link for the HSU account is https://library.humboldt.edu/giving/vankirk.html. To make a camp donation, send a check payable to North Group Sierra Club, P.O. Box 238, Arcata CA 95518. Please write “Camper Fund” in the memo line.
If you have questions, contact Sue Leskiw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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