Collateral Impact: Illegal marijuana is spreading on public lands—here's what's concerning officials
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A five-acre illegal marijuana grow was located on the White River National Forest near Redstone on Thursday. More than 2,700 plants were seized. U.S. Forest service photo.
Pueblo County Sheriff's deputy, Brandon Dernier, carries an arm load of marijuana plants to be removed from a grow site on private property near the San Isabel National Forest above Rye, Colo. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Officials are estimating that there are more than 7,000 plants in the site worth millions. (AP Photo/The Pueblo Chieftain, Bryan Kelsen)
Marijuana plants pull by law enforcement (Photo credit: USDA Forest Service)
The U.S. Forest Service removed 2,630 marijuana plants near Aspen on Wednesday. It was similar to this grow in Pike National Forest. Photo by Douglas County Sheriff's Department.