Marijuana Leaf Hat Found In The Ouachita National Forest

By | February 22, 2017

I found this Marijuana Leaf Hat while hiking deep in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I’m not saying that the person that lost this hat was growing marijuana, but it did put me on high alert for the possibility.

Marijuana Leaf Hat

Marijuana Leaf Hat I Found While Hiking The National Forest

I debated with myself if I should share this photo with everyone because I didn’t want to have a discussion about marijuana in general. Monday I made a post in reference to the balloons and the environment (Balloon Release Bad For Environment). I feel the same way about illegal marijuana cultivation on public property. The National Forest has a video on YouTube in reference to the harm it causes to nature.

Marijuana growing on our national forests causes significant harm to the land, water and animals. The toxicants as well as the lethal weapons used on these sites, is both shocking and dangerous. The Forest Service, along with other agencies and volunteers, are working together to restore these impacted lands.

I have hiked the Ouachita National Forest here in my area for over 3 years now and I have felt safe and have not seen any recent criminal activities. Marijuana grow sites tend to be planted in areas where visitors are unlikely and these are the areas I like to hike. I did find PVC pipes near a stream and a jug of drinking water here in an area I was hiking, but it appeared to have been left behind years ago. I do watch for homemade booby traps that some growers use to protect the crop.

Signs of a Marijuana Grow Site

  • PVC (plastic) pipes, hose lines, drip irrigation lines,
    cisterns, gardening supplies, or gardening tools.
  • Containers for fertilizers, insecticides, and animal
    poisons.
  • Structures in remote locations.
  • Trash or garbage in remote locations—especially if
    the trash contains canned goods or other heavy items
    not common in the backcountry.
  • Individuals with firearms when hunting seasons are
    closed.
  • Author: Steve Creek

    An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

    2 thoughts on “Marijuana Leaf Hat Found In The Ouachita National Forest

    1. Cindy Hall

      Whoa! Ha! Just look for a bunch of faux tomato plants. lol
      Reminds me of moonshine stills in the old days. (maybe not old days, but during prohibition)
      You would have had to tread carefully then for sure!
      Still, this post was interesting. 🙂

    2. Becky

      Interesting post including the video. It’s a shame this is going on in national forests. in some states it legal to grow it openly now, and I don’t like it at all. Legal to smoke it too is unsafe for drivers and others. Be safe out there is the woods, Steve. Thanks for posting your finds! Interesting indeed!

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