BLM law enforcement protects public land resources

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– The Bureau of Land Management Rangers and Special Agents, along with various law enforcement partners, eradicated over one million marijuana plants and nearly 180,300 pounds of processed marijuana this year from statewide illegal grow sites on BLM lands as part of the California Department of Justice’s Annual Campaign Against Marijuana Plantation (CAMP) program.

In addition to marijuana and chemicals, ammunition and weapons were also seized. The waste and litter that these operations leave behind also have an impact on public lands: nearly 300 miles of water main, 583 propane tanks were collected during these operations, as well as more than 67,000 pounds of water. ‘culture site infrastructure.

“The BLM is proud of its rangers and special law enforcement officers for carrying out this important work,” said Karen Mouritsen, California State Director at BLM. “These illegal operations have a devastating impact on our environment and the health and safety of communities, which we cannot tolerate. The BLM looks forward to working with the Attorney General’s office again next year on this very important effort.

Like all of the offices and agencies that make up the Home Office, the BLM plays a central role in protecting our natural resources, pursuing environmental justice, and upholding our nation-to-nation relationship with tribes in the world. management of public lands. The BLM supports the Biden administration’s conservation vision to do better for people, for fish and wildlife, and for the planet. Good stewardship of these resources keeps working public lands healthy and productive for current and future generations of Americans.

“Growing marijuana on federal land is a crime, but it’s not the only problem here,” said Special Agent in Charge Dylan Ragan. “It also has devastating effects on public safety, wildlife and natural resources. I have deep respect for the fantastic work of our rangers and special agents involved in eradicating illegal cultivation sites and removing the highly toxic chemicals that pollute public lands and waters.

The BLM promotes the safety, security and environmental protection of public lands, public land users and employees. The BLM strongly advises anyone encountering what appears to be a growing site to immediately leave the area and call the county sheriff or the nearest BLM office. For more information or to notify law enforcement authorities of suspicious activity on public lands, please contact the BLM by visiting https://www.blm.gov/california.