Several members of the Karuk Tribe say a Forest Service fuels-reduction project is damaging sacred sites near the Klamath River in Oregon. So they blocked a road being used by the logging contractor working on the site, according to this Associated Press story.
We’re not saying don’t cut any trees,” says tribal spokesman Craig Tucker. “We are saying just do what you agreed to that we spent three years working out, and stressed every step of the way how important this place is from the tribe’s religious perspective.”
The logging occurred near a site where the tribe conducts world renewal ceremonies.
Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley tells the AP’s Jeff Barnard that it was an oversight, and that the agency is working with the tribe to mitigate the impacts.
But Tucker takes exception to that explanation:
“That is like saying, ‘Oops, we’re sorry, we didn’t mean to bomb the wedding, it was collateral damage.”