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Forest Service apologizes for ‘regrettable’ ethic references

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U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Rick Cables and members of the agency recently met with 17 Hispanic community leaders to apologize for “regrettable references” used during an Aug. 26 new briefing concerning illegal marijuana cultivation activities on national forests in Colorado.

Some of the references used with regard to minorities at the Aug. 26 briefing were “regrettable,” according to a Forest Service press release. The point of the briefing was to educate national forest visitors about illegal marijuana cultivation on federal land and the threats to human safety and environmental damage it poses.

“We sincerely apologize to the Hispanic community and anyone else we may have offended. That was not our intent,” said Cables. “Our goal was to inform the public of these activities and create a safety awareness among the hunters and hikers who travel to our remote backcountry areas and who may come upon these illegal operations.”

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