Colorado

Sep 15, 2009 12:46 PM by Associated Press

Forest Service apologizes to Hispanic campers

The U.S. Forest Service has apologized for suggesting that campers who eat tortillas, drink Tecate beer and play Spanish music may be armed marijuana growers, calling it "regrettable" and "insensitive."

orest Service officials apologized to Colorado Hispanic leaders in a meeting two weeks ago and released a written apology this week.

The Forest Service issued a warning about armed drug growers last month amid an investigation into how much marijuana is being cultivated in national forests in Colorado. Officials retracted it two days later amid heavy criticism.

The written statement by Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Rick Cables says the agency "learned some valuable lessons." He says the agency will establish a forum for more discussions about how to engage with Hispanics.

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