CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) Court citations have been issued to three people after authorities discovered an illegal logging operation in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
Monument manager Marietta Eaton says the violations occurred near the Utah border. The suspects have not been identified.
There is no woodcutting or wood collection allowed in the monument.
The Cortez Journal reports there was substantial damage for more than a mile that will need to be rehabilitated.
Canyons of the Ancients became a national monument in 2000 in southwest Colorado, and contains one of the largest archaeological sites in the nation, with remnants of cultures and traditions spanning thousands of years. Sites include cliff dwellings, shrines and rock art sites. More than 5,000 archaeologically important sites have been recorded, and thousands more await documentation and study.