Logging halted after damage to archaeological site

May 02, 2013

(AP)—A California logging project has been stopped after Pacific Gas and Electric workers apparently damaged American Indian archaeological sites in Humbug Valley.

The Sacramento Bee reports that logging equipment had broken a Maidu Indian grinding stone and compromised a prehistoric village site.

Officials from PG&E and the state forestry service met at the Plumas County site last week with Maidu Summit representatives.

PG&E archaeologist James Nelson announced plans to suspend all activity until officials can assess the damage and develop a new protection plan for the 368 logged acres.

A protection perimeter of about 3 acres was established after an inspection turned up obsidian chips and other Native American artifacts.

The timber harvest started last fall in the valley about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

Explore further: Human activity may be supporting growth of harmful algae in lakes

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Drought threatens Indian artifacts

Dec 20, 2007

North Carolina officials warned that taking advantage of the drought to look for American-Indian artifacts on lake bottoms is against the law.

Salmon fishing season at risk in Calif.

Mar 13, 2008

U.S. officials are considering canceling the 2008 salmon fishing season in California and Oregon because of a dramatic decline in salmon population.

Obama plan for spotted owl targets rival bird

Feb 28, 2012

(AP) -- To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside.

Probing Question: Can logging be done sustainably?

Apr 03, 2008

In an era of ever-increasing environmental awareness, few industries receive more scrutiny than logging. For decades, environmental groups have claimed that commercial logging practices result in devastating consequences, ...

Recommended for you

Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China

5 hours ago

A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.