Fort Bragg, N.C. — Fort Bragg officials said Tuesday that mountain bikers riding in protected areas on post and on training grounds have become a major problem.
Portions of Fort Bragg are federally protected because of prehistoric artifacts, such as pottery, in the soil. Officials say bikers have ignored the warning signs and continue to disturb the area.
A wooded area off Chicken Road, for example, has been a popular destination for bikers, who have made trails and dug holes to build ramps.
"We want to bring people up to speed on the value of the ancient, Native American sites that are on Fort Bragg and the importance of protecting those sites," said Joe Herbert, an archaeologist for Fort Bragg.
Mountain biking has also been a problem on old training ranges, where unexploded ordnance poses a serious risk to trespassers.
Anyone found disturbing a protected archaeological site could be charged with a felony.