This post is the first of a few focusing upon Salt Fork State Park. It is our Yang and Yang Series of Salt Fork, signifying that it is a dark place that is out of balance in bigfootery. We are going to start with a tip that we received via our comments section. That tip provided some information that needed some fleshing out and verification before publication. That work is now complete and we start with a rather disconcerting answer to the above question; Are Bigfooters A Danger to Salt Fork State Park? The answer is that some are a real and present danger to the park and may have potentially transported a pest that would decimate the forest there.
Let’s start with a video introduction:
In that video you can gather three important things:
- The Bully is in the park and gathering some media exposure, imagine that.
- At least two other persons, the Jahn’s, are present.
- There is a campfire burning.
Our contact mentioned the Jahn’s and that they lived in Ohio in a County named Delaware. We were able to verify that fact, it is important. Our tipster also mentioned another individual that lived in Portage County, Ohio. The important threads with these three people and two Ohio counties is that they supplied firewood for these little “research” outings possibly breaking the EAB firewood quarantine in Ohio. Checking this fact was tough, we have the video and then developed some confirmation from our amazing midwest stringer, we are pretty confident of that fact and that Keating was not providing the firewood. What is an EAB quarantine? When we received the comment that was one of our first questions, along with so what?
EAB is the Emerald Ash Borer, a non-native pest to Ohio. As the name implies, it attacks ash trees and can kill them in a matter of a few years. Ohio speculates that the borer arrived in Toledo and has alarmingly worked its way further into Ohio and surrounding states. It spreads mainly through the moving of firewood.
Are bigfooters a danger to Salt Fork State Park? Yes. Bigfooters are dragging firewood into Salt Fork from counties that are infested by the EAB. When, and it is a matter of when, the borer is officially detected there the park will have a choice, they can log the ash trees or wait for them to die. This will certainly be a disaster for the park. Sadly, our lead provided us with at least four names of bigfooters that brought or encouraged bringing firewood into the park violating the quarantine. We see this bigfootery as some of the Yang in Salt Fork.
Stay tuned for more Yang about Salt Fork. Some of the things going on are problematic, but not the disaster that the EAB quarantine violation represents.