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The U.S. Forest Service has told one of its tenants that his 20-foot flagpole is unauthorized and has to go.

David Knickerbocker has flown the American flag on the pole next to his summer cabin in the Sierra Nevada for almost two decades. He leases a quarter-acre lot in the El Dorado National Forest.

The former Stockton police officer calls the order “unbelievable.” But the Forest Service says Knickerbocker wasn´t supposed to put a hole in the ground for the flagpole. A Forest Service spokesman says when you want to put a hole in the ground where American Indians once lived, you need an archaeological review first. Knickerbocker didn´t have one.

The service suggests Knickerbocker hang his flag from brackets on his cabin instead.