Press release from the BLM:
Hundreds of pounds of debris from recently-eradicated illegal marijuana cultivation sites will be airlifted out of public lands sites in northern Mendocino County, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Staff members with the Bureau of Land Management will work with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department, volunteers from the Eel River Recovery Project and the California National Guard, which will provide a helicopter.
Helicopter flights will be visible from several communities including Garberville and Redway.
BLM officials said debris from illegal cultivation sites is unsightly and can impact natural resources. Removing growing infrastructure may discourage future cultivation on the sites. Using a helicopter lessens the impact on public lands, including areas protected as designated Wilderness.
The debris, including irrigation lines, camping gear and trash, was collected over the past six months at four illegal cultivation sites in the South Fork Eel and Elkhorn wilderness areas and the Little Dann Management Area.