Saturday, August 9, 2008

254. National Park Problems

This is pretty shocking news, at least to me. I think of national parks as the height of the best America has to offer. Preserving nature, beauty, environment. Promoting good health with outdoor recreation and hiking and just scenic tours. This is in large part why I'm very much in favor of the proposal to create a national marine monument/park/sanctuary in the CNMI's northern waters.

So imagine America's national parks being used as the agriculatural base for Mexican drug cartels. Read here about how they've recently found $1 billion worth of marijuana farming in Sequoia National Park-with creeks dammed for gravity driven irrigation and drip lines!

There are always those willing to abuse our environment and take Mother Nature in a new direction. At least the feds are trying to stop it, fairly effectively this times, it seems.


The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

That's crazy!

KAP said...

Taking our jobs again.

When I lived in Southern Oregon it was rumored that if you found a trail blocked there or in Northern California it was best to find another trail. Back then there were a lot of Vietnam vets who'd learned how to make some nasty traps.

Never ran across it myself, but I only took short day-hikes in those days.

Sounds like the cartels have taken over. Inevitable with Prohibition I guess.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

This isn't anything new Jane. I remember reading a story like this on a couple of occasions over ten years ago. Basically it was folks growing Marijuana in some national parks.

They are big areas of land. I don't think you can fault a park or the idea of a park for this. I say.. big deal. A few acres of marijuana in thousands of acres of beautiful natural forest.. or buildings? It's an easy choice.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Just imagine Maug, Uracas and Asuncion covered from shoreline to shoreline with ghanja. There would undoubtedly be extra tourist activity in the area to help trim that reefer down to size. We should contact Iverson so he can ammend the MTMNM economic study upwards.