Costa Ricans usually are praised for planting trees. But Fuerza Pública officers moved in to prevent eight men from doing just that in Barrio La Gloria, Jicaral, Lepanto, Puntarenas.
In addition they made an attempted bribery allegation against one of the men who tried to get the police to allow the men to continue, officers said.
The Fuerza Pública said it entered the land in the company of representatives of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación.
The property was where it appeared that illegal logging had taken place, and the planting of trees represented a change in use, which is illegal, officers said.