Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-04-30 23:40:00 –
Friday, April 30, 2021 | 8:40 pm
Death Valley, California — Federal Park Directors have discovered large-scale illegal marijuana cultivation in Death Valley National Park near the California-Nevada border, officials said Friday.
The National Park Service said in a news release that 40 acres of growth were found in Jail Canyon, a rarely visited canyon to the west of the Panamint Range.
According to authorities, illegal cultivation is one of the hundreds that authorities have discovered in Death Valley over the last decade, and marijuana cultivated areas can damage or destroy parts of national parks.
California legalized marijuana in 2016, but remains banned on federal lands.
Death Valley National Park is about 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It is the hottest and driest national park and has the lowest altitude. Reservations for the Tim Bisha Shoshone tribe can be found in the park.
“The natural and cultural resources of these regions are irreplaceable and valuable, and damaging them for the benefit shows an incredible contempt for our homeland,” said Timbisha. Barbara Durham, head of traditional history preservation for the Shoshone tribe, said in the release.