Warnings and preparation can be given for
encountering fires, hazardous materials and
abandoned mines. However, it is more difficult
to predict the behavior of other humans.
Forests are not exempt from attacks to the public by others visiting the areas. Often our visitors may come in contact with angry, intoxicated, illegal, or armed individuals while visiting our forest. The Forest Service does not tolerate threats or acts of violence against our visitors or Forest Service employees.
Remember to always be aware, alert and cautious. Some visitors have different agendas besides relaxation, exploration and recreation. These agendas may include drug production, theft, arson, and other illegal acts. Avoiding these areas if discovered is the safest course of action. Report sightings to local law enforcement personnel only after you have relocated to a safe area.
Marijuana plots and methamphetamine labs, while rare, may be found on our forest. Those responsible for these illegal plots or labs are dangerous and should be avoided. If visitors inadvertently come upon these sites they should immediately depart the area and report the sighting to law enforcement officers. The chemicals used to grow or produce these illegal products can be highly combustible and pose considerable risk to hazards caused by fire and explosion.