The illegal activity of growing and harvesting marijuana on public lands has occurred in recent years and is expected to continue. The safety of the public and employees is the top priority for the Forest Service. National Forest and other public lands are being used for these illegal operations as they are often vast, uninhabited acres the growers find have the right conditions for their illegal operations. Typically planting occurs in the spring and the plants are harvested in late summer.
Drug Trafficking Organization marijuana growers are dangerous and are known to carry firearms!