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.
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
cisterns, gardening supplies, or gardening tools.
the trash contains canned goods or other heavy items
not common in the backcountry.