Mexican Gangsters Converting America`s National Parks Into Gigantic Marijuana Patches

Vast tracts of our most

treasured public lands
, supposedly set aside in
perpetuity for Americans, are no longer controlled by
United States

government. Instead, they have been

and taken over by

Mexico`s violent criminal drug organizations
to grow

Even more shocking: Mexican cartels have been growing
marijuana for

at least 10 years


National Park
, one of the
crown jewels of the system. Nature-loving hikers are
compelled to accept that parts of Sequoia are

"no go zones"
during the growing season.

These Mexican marijuana messes are an

ecological disaster
. They are not innocent little
plots that leave a minimal footprint. They are
industrial grow sites, toxic stews where the gangsters
use dangerous and illegal chemical herbicides,
pesticides and growth hormones that result in
long-lasting environmental damage.

National parks are supposed to be protected at the
highest standard,
preserving them

future generations
in a pristine, unspoiled state.
But he Mexican infestation has corrupted that idea to
its core.

Drug czar John Walters

testified to Congress in March

"10 acres of forest are
damaged for every acre planted with marijuana, with an
estimated cost of $11,000 per acre to repair and restore
land that has been contaminated with the toxic
chemicals, fertilizers, irrigation tubing, and pipes
associated with marijuana cultivation."

The Mexican gangsters (who are

often illegal aliens
) routinely cut down trees,
divert streams with systems of PVC pipe and

wildlife for food. Their operations are big
business: In 2007, more than

20,000 plants were found in Yosemite National Park and
43,000 plants in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park
The eradication operations cost the government millions
of dollars, but today there is no money for the
clean-up, so funds are either diverted from other
projects or

help out. Sadly, with budgets slim, park
protection and maintenance do not rank high on
`s priorities. The
problem gets

worse every year

In an eradication photo-op in mid-October, John
Walters remarked, "Some of these groups not only
engage in crime and violence not only in Mexico and along
the border, but they come across and kidnap, murder and
carry out assassinations… These groups do not respect
the border.
" [US
official: Mexican cartels murder, kidnap in US
Associated Press,
October 19, 2008]

Walters spoke in

, where plots were
first discovered in 1998. Since it`s tougher to smuggle
pot post-9/11 because of increased border security and
they can save money by eliminating transportation costs,
the dealers grow pot stateside. The national forests
have also been badly affected (see
2006 map

In addition to the pollution, there is the danger to
hikers of wandering into a booby-trapped pot grove
guarded by Mexican thugs with

full-auto weapons
. Several

law enforcement officers have been injured

with growers. No hiker has been

This park destruction is

reported every year, along with other harvest news.

Camo-clad officers swoop down from military helicopters
into hidden pot fields, arrest the caretakers and uproot
the plants. Every summer-to-fall season brings the same
predictable stories in the press:  

And so it goes, in depressingly predictable fashion.
The MainStream Media has actually done a decent job in
shining a spotlight on the problem. But Washington has not

Citizens who know about the extent of the destruction
readers) ask: where the environmentalists
are in organizing opposition to this fundamental affront
to the conservation movement.

Unfortunately, the
who should be defending the parks
don`t care that our natural heritage icons have been
invaded and despoiled.

The flagship green organization, the Sierra Club, has
said that it has
"other priorities."  
of the Weed,

By Joe Robinson, LA Times, August 9, 2005]

The Sierra Club was once a stalwart non-partisan
defender of the planet and enemy of pollution. The
is a fine encapsulation of
environmentalist values:

“To explore,
enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the
earth`s ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore
the quality of the natural and human environment; and to
use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”

Would that the Sierra Club still
lived up to its noble—and practical—purpose.

Interestingly, an October 9 article in the Santa
Barbara Independent
nailed the current nature of the
Sierra Club by characterizing it as "a left-leaning
organization that focuses on environment and nature
conservation issues."
Club, PUEBLO Announce Endorsements
By Jenny
Pedersen and Shannon Switzer]
That description is
perhaps more polite than calling Clubbers

"socialists in hiking boots"
but the point is
identical: leftism is the primary concern, the
environment secondary.

In order to build a bigger left wing (with help from

puppetmaster moneybags George Soros
), the Sierra
Club has moved in recent years to partnership with
Open-Borders extremists. Speaking out against Mexican
criminals poisoning our protected lands

doesn`t fit
with the

organization`s current politics

As an example of the group`s new priorities, the
Sierra Club has been deeply engaged in
against the US-Mexico border fence
, despite the

tons of trash
left every year by
illegal crossers
. Obviously, the environmentally
appropriate position would be pro-fence. But the leading
organization of the environmental movement has gone over
to the dark side.


Sierra Club cashed in
its conservationist integrity
when it secretly accepted a donation of over $100
million on the condition that the organization not
mention massive immigration/population growth as being
environmentally harmful. The donor,

David Gelbaum
, stated,
"I did tell
[Executive Director]
Carl Pope in 1994 or 1995 that if they ever came out
anti-immigration, they would never get a dollar
from me.”
Man behind the Land
, By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los
Angeles Times
, October 27, 2004]

As a result of environmentalists` corruption, no
powerful voice prods Congress to stop

Mexican crime syndicates
taking over

. In particular, poison-drenched marijuana
plots shouldn`t be allowed to grow to nearly harvest
stage, when toxics and trash have reached maximum
accumulation. Early intervention is required to prevent
the Mexicans` pollution, and that mean more
surveillance, particularly using helicopters. But those
measures mean more money and personnel. The political
will has not been there in Washington.

What`s absent was well described by Chief Ranger
Steve Shackelton of Yosemite Park.

"For years we`ve been seeing these people make
millions of dollars in profit, while they devastate the
environment on private property and
`s majestic public
lands. They destroy habitat, pollute streams with
poisons and nitrogen fertilizers, kill wildlife, and
pose a fire threat. The only thing missing is public
concluded Shackelton. [Marijuana
Gardens Raided in Yosemite National Park
, NPS Park
August 14, 2007

Western writer Wallace Stegner

: "National parks are the best idea we ever
It is shameful that so little is being done
today to preserve them—and how we citizens sleepwalk
through the loss of national treasures to the vilest
sort of exploitation by foreign criminals.

Mexican criminals target the parks because they are
open places with a premium on freedom. Like

itself, they were designed for use by a

responsible, law-abiding population.
When gangs of
ruthless drug dealers invade, it is a case of wolves
amidst sheep.

If the parks are to be saved from destruction by
foreigners, far more policing will be needed. That might
alter the basic nature of the parks, but it may be too
late in the day to worry about that. America`s borders have been open for
too many years.

As things are, probably it will take the death of an

innocent hiker
to convince

to do what`s necessary—and to do it soon.

Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes two websites,
. She is furious that
Mexican cartel creeps have invaded her favorite local
hiking spot,

Point Reyes National Seashore