Mr. Sims Scores Humboldt’s Pictures
In the 35-picture series of Goodbye, Mom and Pop: 35 Large-Scale Grow Operations in the North Coast Backwoods, Hank Sims and Kym Kemp of the Lost Coast Outpost have definitively shown marijuana’s destructively growing impact in Humboldt County for the first time. It’s a major photo score of what’s taking place in our backyard when folks get footloose, fancy free, and, well, grossly greedy.
Obtained from law enforcement sources, the Lost Coast Outpost’s photographic slide show illustrates what some cannabis cultivators are doing while underscoring what’s also taking place: logging clearcuts, illegal road building and unpermitted structures, water diversions, and the like. Please, people. If you’re going to be clandestinely illegal, at least be ethically upright.
Understand, each of the 35 pictures appear to be of a separate grow op. Multiply this by thirty-fold and you get an idea of what’s really been going on behind the scenes.
Some things the pictures can’t show are the greedy grower’s dirty little weed secrets: water diversions sucked up from local sources, the loss of wildlife, diesel and chemical spills, and the fertilizer, pesticide, and silt runoff slipping into the nearby creeks, rivers, and watersheds.
Mr. Sims writes:
The Lost Coast Outpost recently acquired a set of images from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force that sort of shakes us out of this stupor. These are aerial photos of grow scenes throughout the North Coast that were taken between 2009 and 2011. These seem all to be on private land in the boondocks, and the scale of operations they depict are sometimes hard to credit. Many of them depict illegal grading, massive landscaping and/or tree-falling, and voracious water usage. The Aquarian live-lightly-on-the-land ethos seems to have bypassed these types entirely.
We suggest giving the photographs a look here if you haven’t done so already. With 179 comments, the issue has generated a fair amount of controversy across the board from different sides of the Humboldt spectrum.
As Mr. Sims said, “Holy moly, but some of these things are huge.”
Photo credit: Lost Coast Outpost