Pot growers using national parks as free illegal farms

It seems that our national parks are being used for more than camping, sightseeing and hiking. Officials in an interagency raid in Sequoia National Park seized more than 3,500 illegal marijuana plants worth about $5,250,000 in a remote wilderness area within the park. Officials say extensive environmental damage was caused by the cultivators, including thinned or removed vegetation, reports YourCentralValley.com.…

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Humans cause about one-third of wildfires in Washington

The state of Washington has experienced 1,211 wildfires so far this year and 401 are confirmed to have been started by people, says the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), whose officials say hundreds of wildfires are still under investigation. Beginning August 2, DNR banned all outdoor burning statewide. Some campfires may still be allowed in approved fire pits…

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