Pot Farm Warnings
The U.S. Forest Service is asking for the public’s help to crack down on pot farms in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Video by nbc26.comvideo
LAKEWOOD, WI - The U.S. Forest Service is asking for the public’s help to crack down on pot farms in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
"One of the main reasons that we busted a lot of them and been able to find them is through public cooperation,” said John Lampereur, Assistant Park Ranger.
Officials say drug trafficking organizations typically plant farms in the spring and harvest their crop in the late summer. They say the tell-tale signs of a farm include isolated tents, garden tools, bags of fertilizer, garbage, disturbed soil and cleared stumps.
And Lampereur said if people stumble upon an open area that’s guarded by larger trees, it’s important to leave.
"Just quietly back up and report anything suspicious, even if it turns out to be nothing,” he said. "Fortunately no one in the state has been hurt yet; we'd like to keep it that way."
Police have eradicated about 80,000 marijuana plants in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest over the last two years.
"I can't tell you how much this helps us, and it makes it safe for everybody to report these sites,” said Lampereur.