Article by Jenny Sung, Global News
According to park officials, 2,986 plants were pulled from the grounds with the help of the California National Guard.
“This is a national park and it’s supposed to be preserved,” park spokesperson Zach Behrens said. “But if someone is going to build what is essentially a farm that’s a huge problem.”
“Whether it’s marijuana or pineapples the big problem for us is that the resource is damaged,” said Behrens, explaining that traffickers who plant illegal grow operations often bring in chemicals, chop down trees and divert water from natural sources to keep the marijuana plants alive.
Officials said the growth of illegal marijuana plants on public land has been a trending problem in California since the late 1990s.