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Take Back Our Forests- Movement Against Illegal Grows

“Waylon Morrison carrying sign that states “Forests should be a safe place to work.””
“Waylon Morrison carrying a sign that states “Forests should be a safe place to work.””

Waylon Morrison carrying a sign that states “Forests should be a safe place to work”

September 2013, William Morrison, Coastal District Manager –

March on Fort Bragg

On a beautiful, sunny afternoon in late August, a large gathering of people met in Fort Bragg to participate in the 2nd Annual  ‘Walk to Take Back Our Forests.’  I participated in this event with my family and friends.

The walk honored the late Jere Melo, who was slain outside of Fort Bragg two years ago, while patrolling for marijuana gardens.

We walked from the Pudding Creek Trestle and through downtown Fort Bragg, ending at Bainbridge Park in central Fort Bragg.

Walk to Take Back our Forest; crossing the Pudding Creek Trestle in Fort Bragg, CA

Walk to Take Back our Forest; crossing the Pudding Creek Trestle in Fort Bragg, CA

We all carried signs, (at times I carried two signs when my daughter grew tired of carrying hers), chatting the entire way with a myriad of people who also joined us, including the Mendocino County Sheriff and District Attorney, the Fort Bragg Mayor and a city council member,  along with the local Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

There were kids, dogs, bikes, and even police escorts as we wound our way through town.

The goal of the ‘Walk to Take Back Our Forests’ was to inform the public that people are tired of these trespass grows, and the dangers they pose to society and the environment.

Community Members "Walk to Take Back our Forests"

Community Members “Walk to Take Back our Forests”

At the park we were treated to a short presentation by several of the above individuals, including Madeleine Melo, Jere’s widow. Chairman of the Jere Melo Foundation, John Andersen also spoke. Soper-Wheeler Company, LLC was a proud sponsor of this event.

Cleaning up illegal Grows

The Jere Melo Foundation, which hosted this event, has put together a wonderful documentary, telling the story of the foundation and a marijuana grow site rehabilitation project that was done by members of the Jere Melo Foundation, just the day before.

Congressman Jared Huffman attended this clean-up effort, which occurred at an illegal marijuana grow on Mendocino Redwood Company lands near Boonville.

The sad part of this story is that this grow that was cleaned up was just one of thousands in California that pollute our environment and involve human trafficking to produce their illegal crop. This documentary is very good, and worth watching:

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