CDFW Mourns the Loss of Extraordinary Volunteer

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) volunteer Shane Krogen was tragically killed when he fell from a helicopter in support of a Tulare County marijuana cleanup operation.

Yesterday in a remote section of the Sequoia National Forest, during Operation PRISTINE, Krogen, along with the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew, which he supervised, was supporting the operation when the incident occurred. Operation PRISTINE is a combined effort of CDFW, the California National Guard, U.S. Forest Service, and several local jurisdictions to identify, eradicate and reclamate the most polluted illegal marijuana grow sites in California.

“Shane’s dedication to California’s natural resources was extraordinary,” said CDFW Assistant Chief John Baker. “He and his crew have worked tirelessly for several years to maintain access to the high Sierra for all Californians.”

As the supervisor of the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew, Krogen has actively supported clean up missions of illicit marijuana cultivation sites, and other projects, since 2008. The incident is under a multi-agency investigation.

Media Contact:
Lt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 508-7095
Maj. Kim Holman, California National Guard, (805) 340-7301