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12A Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 Feather River Bulletin More than 167,500 plants removed this summer Authorities busted six more marijuana farms in Plumas County during eradication operations between Aug. 17 and 19. Last week's operations, conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies, removed more than 26,800 plants. More than 167,500 plants have been confiscated from 21 pot farms so far this summer. It is by far the largest number of local eradications ever recorded in the county, according to the Plumas County Sheriffs Office. Like the previous marijuana farms encountered, last week's grows had characteristics consistent with drug-trafficking operations run by cartels. And there are more large gardens yet to be busted. The Sheriffs Office said it expects to eradicate more operations over the next few months. "We are asking the public to be very careful when recreating in the forests of Plumas County," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. With hunting season approaching, the sheriff advised hunters to be vigilant in the woods for any signs of marijuana farms. Those signs include foot trails, black water pipe, pruned trees and brush, fertilizer bags, empty grocery bags and other signs of people being in remote areas of the forest. The growers are also diverting large amounts of water, not to mention the pollution generated. During last week's raids, Dr. Mourad Gabriel of Integral Ecology Research Center assisted with several of the farm eradications. Gabriel assessed the impact of the farms, which included water diversions, damage to the forest and wildlife, and the use of chemicals. According to the Sheriffs Office, Gabriel provided some startling numbers in regards to water diversion at a farm in the Cedar Creek drainage northeast of Two Rivers. Gabriel found the garden had five large water reservoirs that were diverting virtually the entire stream. The reservoirs had a total capacity of 15,360 gallons of water. He said that one site alone had the potential to divert 2.3 million gallons of water per season from the watershed. There was also 1,115 pounds of fertilizer found at the Cedar Creek site. Last week's eradication operations began on Monday, Aug. 17, when two farms were found about three miles east of the communities of Plumas Pines and Two Rivers. Approximately 8,500 plants were eradicated from the two farms. According to the sheriff, there were signs that the growers were beginning to process the plants for transport out of the area. The following day, two more gardens were busted. Officers hiked into a farm about one mile east of the new Spanish Creek Bridge. That garden was estimated to contain at least 6,000 plants at one time. Another 4,100 plants were eradicated about three miles north/northeast of Sloat. The site also contained about 600 pounds of processed marijuana that was seized. Two more eradications took place on Wednesday, Aug. 19. About 1,500 plants were found in an area about one mile off Indian Creek Road, south of Antelope Lake. Another large farm, with about 6,700 plants, was eradicated from an area across from the Engel Mine. No arrests were made in any of the eradication operations. The U.S. Forest Service, Integral Ecology Research Center, California Fish and Wildlife and the sheriffs offme are planning to perform marijuana farm reclamation at many of the sites. The reclamation includes hauling away trash, restoring streams and springs, and assessing resource damage. The agencies and offices involved in last week's eradications included the sheriffs office, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Guard, Integral Ecology Research Center and PJ Helicopters. Water is drainage A map produced by the , Plumas County Sheriff's Office shows the locations of the 21 marijuana eradication operations conducted this summer. diverted into a man-made reservoir at a marijuana farm found in the Cedar northeast of Two Rivers. Photos provided by the Plumas County Sheriff's Office Creek Last Year's Models Dicontinued Styles ht Damage Model 4808 Eurotop with 10 Year Warranty Twin Set Compare J ................ ,..., ......... ,*sale Full Set C0mpare .................................. .Sale Queen Set Compare ..................... '..,.Sale King Set cornpare.$gcJCJ ...... ,, ..... ; ................. .Sale Many More To Choose From! NO INTEREST WITH PAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHS:.* iNNOV/A" FOR 6 MONTHSI*