"The average acre of marijuana that's grown affects 10 acres around it and it costs about $20,000 per acre to bring it back to pristine forest," said Smith.
With hundreds of acres being used by traffickers, that's millions of your taxpayer dollars wasted.
"It's an environmental nightmare what's going on," said Smith.
It's a nightmare Mikel hopes can be changed into the dream he knows as the Utah outdoors.
"Soil erosion, and all the problems it causes with the environment, trash," said Mikel.
The good news is the numbers of marijuana farms is down, which causes less damage to our environment overall.Watch Tuesday night on ABC 4 News at 10 for the conclusion of our series on Utah's cash crop. We take an in-depth look at the dangers if you accidentally found one of these farms. What should you do? And we'll hear from a hunter who came face to face with Mexican Cartel member's right here in Utah.View Part 1 of Cash Crops - ABC 4 investigates: Utah's secret 'cash crop' marijuana farms