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California Site Damaged by Logging

Friday, May 03, 2013

CHESTER, CALIFORNIA—Logging equipment has reportedly damaged a prehistoric Native American village site and an ancient trail, and a Maidu grinding stone in northeastern California’s Humbug Valley. “We don’t want to impact a cultural site. We’re very concerned about that,” said Pacific Gas & Electric Company archaeologist James Nelson. Buffer zones around the archaeological sites have been increased. The land is currently conserved by PG&E, but the Maidu Summit has applied to the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council to assume ownership of the land, the largest intact area that remains of their ancestral homeland.