Saturday, February 6, 2010

Conservation Before Discovery

Roaring River Wilderness

Last year, the Obama administration signed into law t
he Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. With the swipe of his pen, President Obama designated 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. In addition, the legislation included protections for 350,000 acres of land along rivers and also contains new Wilderness designations for over two million acres of public land.

How many sasquatches did that protect?

Probably quite a few.

While I do not think Mr. Obama did this for the 'squatch, I do think he has affected things in a very positive way. How could this be a bad thing?

My friends Kathy Moskowitz-Strain and her husband Bob Strain suggested to me many years ago that the best sasquatch habitat would be the wilderness areas. To me that makes sense. These protected areas would offer some isolation from humans. This combined with the healthy forest and natural food supply would point to more offspring. The younger bigfoots (offspring) would be pushed out as they mature, as Dr. Grover Krantz suggested in his excellent book, Bigfoot/Sasquatch Evidence. These young ones would wander about looking for a slice of land to call their own. Dr. Krantz called them "rogue males," though perhaps they are not all males. These wilderness areas would basically function as the place where bigfoots are "made," like popping pop corn on a campfire (analogous to the wilderness area) and having kernels pop out in random directions (bigfoots maturing and wandering off in search of their own slice of heaven).

The Roaring River is one such area that was set aside as a protected Wilderness area by this law. My attention was drawn to the Roaring River by Thom Powell a year or two ago. He mapped the many sasquatch encounters that had been reported from the area, and noticed that there was a huge roadless area smack dab in the middle of them all. There were no reported encounters from this area.

Of course there are no reports from there. Almost nobody goes in there. To have a sasquatch encounter, you not only need a sasquatch, but a witness too.

Thom and I did a trek to the bottom of this area in late summer of 2008. We walked about 1.5 miles on the map, but it was a 1400 foot elevation loss/gain. The incline was terrible on the way down, but even worse on the way up. There is a scene in my "Squatching With Cliff" video I submitted for Columbia's Pioneer of the Outdoors video contest (I was runner up!) when I'm whining about being too tired to say something witty. That was filmed on the way up the hill. I wasn't acting. The walk out sucked.

Thom Powell on our trip to the bottom of the Roaring River

Being on the bottom of the Roaring River chasm reminded me of something out of Jurassic Park. It is honestly the only place I've ever been where I saw absolutely no signs whatsoever of humans for the entire time I was there. No trails, no litter, nothing. Pristine wilderness at its best. Simply the biggest douglas firs I've ever seen. A sylvan wonderland.

And yes, there are bigfoots there. I'm not saying we definitely had an encounter, but some large animal came and woke us up with one of those super deep "motor boat" growls on the last morning. We never saw the animal, and my recorder was no longer running. Just another story (the kind I'm discouraging: the ones without data to back them up).

Anyways, I have an idea. I call it "Conservation Before Discovery".

No matter what walk of life you we come from, we all love the 'squatch. So why not do something for them? After all, they've already given us so much.

I am suggesting that whenever possible, we should support the passage of environmental laws that set aside land that would be prime sasquatch habitat. I would also encourage the bigfooting community to support legislation that would directly benefit sasquatches, such as the elimination of contaminants and pollutions from water supplies.

My agenda is not political, but ecological. Unfortunately, at this time, I don't think we (my bigfooting brothers and sisters) have the numbers required to create legislation. But when we see it, we can support existing endeavors that further protect or increase existing sanctuaries.

I'm not suggesting that we stop any of the many things we do outdoors and end up drastically affecting jobs, recreation, or resources.

I think in a lot of ways logging, for example, actually helps the sasquatch population. It increases the amount of sunlight that reaches the forest floor, which increases the amount of food for deer. (Elk, however, do not require the nutritious food that deer do, and can in fact forage in the shade of the forest eating food with a much lower nutritional value.)

The logging roads give easy navigation routes directly to these deer feeding grounds, and most of these roads do not record footprints. I'm sure the sasquatches utilize these highways we've made for them, though I know they are not dependent on them.

Of course, on the other side of the coin is the fact that logging hurts salmon runs. To what extent do sasquatches depend on the salmon runs? I don't know. A thorough ecological study would have to be done, but in the meantime: "Conservation before discovery."

I do know one thing that would surely benefit the sasquatch population: leaving big chunks wild land alone.

We can take steps now to ensure a healthy sasquatch population for our future. A future where sasquatches are a recognized member of the great ape family, along with gorillas, orangutans, chimps, bonobos, gibbons, and humans. A future when we will know that sasquatches are not endangered because of the thorough ecological studies that have been done to prove it.

Is this an idea you can get behind? Can you do it for bigfoot?

Do you respect the 'squatch?


  1. This is a great step. I was thinking that the other day that here in Arizona where BF has been seen in the White Mountains, it isn't any wonder. Only about 8% of the state is available for population to live upon and the White Mountains are Reservation land--so he's well protected there.

  2. Aren't bigfoot believers marginalized already? Lobbying for land conservation for the sake of an undocumented animal just seems a little too "out there."

    When a body is brought in, conservation will be a cinch.

  3. I hear you on this issue!! Great article and I love your blog.

  4. We bigfoot search in Knappa Oregon . We have found several tree branch, tepee,structures. We have only heard one vocal call. My daughter ,niece , OR usualy by myself go at 2 to 3 tmes a week. We can hardle wait to tell the unbelivers I told you ! Now i just tell them the are uneducated about the subject ! They really piss me off ! We are going on a camping search in afew months . Iam having trouble figuring out to go to Mt St Hood or Mt Rainer ! Yes bigfoot and other animals need ther habitates ! We are destroying there homes ! Y do you think there in everybodys backyards !

  5. I belive big foot are real and i belived ther eas only one lonley bf out there until i started watching finding big foot im 12 years old and i tell my mom and dad facts about this glourious creautures but i only have one question are they dangoures i have researched this question but cant get a good answer i know alot about bf and i know why big foot relise on salmon is they use them as a calender when the salmon are in lakes and streams in the pacific north west is about september now that can mean 2things one is hunting season is near the bfs are going to leave do to the gact that hunters are coming into these homes of the bf 2 the deer and food suply are moving so the bfs folliw

    1. As most reports go, abductions and attacks are brushed under the rug, however in light of the high amount of skepticism out there today; one should hedge on the side of caution and not piss off or threaten a Sasquatch if encountered. As for the safety of small children, you wouldn't want a small child wondering into a troop of gorillas or chimpanzee's..... would you?

  6. Land preservation, big moves for big animals. I support every opportunity.

  7. Bigfoot's are the Guardians of special places in nature...