“An Overview” – Wharton State Forest
About this blog: I thought it is time for an overview of how vast the destruction problem is within the confines of just Wharton State Forest. Recently I found some other spots in Greenwood Wildlife Management Area that were so disturbing I cut my day short and went home. That experience told me it is time to show the magnitude of this problem focusing on Wharton State Forest alone. What you are seeing here can be multiplied by 10x and would probably not truly represent the problems state wide.
There are two Google Earth views here, the first a rather tight view of Wharton S.F. and the second a more zoomed out shot showing it’s place in a broader state perspective .
The red areas are areas that I personally have visited to see the abuse the off-road vehicles have done. Some of them have be reported here, but most of them are smaller areas that I have not been able to get to, and probably will not, because there are so many areas report. The smaller areas when added up become a lot of area! If you are interested in trying to identifying areas of abuse for yourself go to Google Earth and zoom into an area you know. Look for the sandy areas and vernal pools (green areas with no trees for the most part). Zoom in even further and you will actually see tire tracks that have been left by the off-roaders!
Soon to come with be a report on the infamous “1/4 Mile” the number one spot that has been destroyed by the off-road vehicle crowd. Although, one of the areas I just visited could replace its status because, at the very least, it is the future “1/4 Mile”.
I beg you to leave comments on either the home page or any of the blog pages that describe the destruction. We need to attack this head on and the we need more people willing to stand up to the challenge of this destruction. In other words, show how upset you have become over this problem.