Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April Fool's Day Bigfoot Prank

On April Fool's Day, volunteers for Portland Rising Tide, an environmental activist group, blanketed Portland, OR  with 3,000 fake newspapers designed to resemble the weekly publication of news and culture here in town called the Willamette Week.

The cover shows a bigfoot stomping on a pipeline that traverses a clearcut.  Yes, bigfoot is front page news again, kind of.

The cover of "Fossil Fools Weekly."

The publication draws attention to local issues that have been largely neglected by the mainstream media, but presents them in a lighthearted and educational format.  This mischief was part of "Fossil Fools Day," a national call-to-action with the theme of, "Pull a prank that packs a punch."

This publication features an interview with an angry bigfoot that highlights how NW Natural's Palomar Pipeline Project will require a huge clear-cut through much of Mt. Hood National Forest, including bigfoot "hot spots" such as the Clackamas River and the Fish Creek Watershed.  

I am an advocate of leaving wild spaces as wild, and even taking steps to legally protect forest habitat for the critters already there.  Being in my own backyard, so to speak, I will keep an eye on this issue.

But, I have to admit that I would have loved to interview that bigfoot. I'm one of its biggest fans...

I wonder if I can get an autographed photo?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you are right about that pipeline cutting right across some of the hotspots.