Invasive Species Management

Ecology Uncomfortable Truths

Step 1: Identify regions of potential ecological risk

Step 2: Identify species of potential immigration concern

Step 3: Identify modes of potential transit, both natural migrational mechanisms and unnatural human importation.

Step 4: Secure places of exposure risk

Step 5: Secure paths of transit risk

Step 6: Identify ecological deficits in native populations which allow a rival species a localized survival foothold.

Step 7: Capture, contain, relocate, and potentially euthanize invasive species of highest ecological risks.

Step 8: Stabilize native populations by breeding assistance, captive genetic preservation and later reintroduction.

Step 9: Prepare the native habitat with mechanisms for native population assistance so a more natural balance between rival species could be achieved.

Step 10: Mitigate controlled integration of invasive species into stabilized native populations and monitor their transitional period.

Identify, Contain, Control, Stabilization, Integration

Invasive management is not the call to public executions. It is a large scale, multinational, multidisciplinary management of species to maintain a natural balance in our respective ecosystems.

however ecosystems change just as weather changes, species come and go and there comes a time when preservation of the old, comes at a hazard to the new and our methodologies need to shift so we’re not wasting substantial time and money fighting the inevitability of change.

Because of this, individual citizens are not responsible, nor needed for proper invasive species management. so if you see a call to arms for a species genocide based solely on it being federally recognized as invasive, realize thats an unnecessary response, and often a misguided direction of those refusing to give up control to the professionals and ultimately the will of mother nature.

If individuals care about the changing local plant and animal populations, they should look at these steps and realize there are more parts to play than the executioner that are more paramount to the success of invasive control. Grassroot community efforts to protect our ecosystems should instead focus on assisting native species and reporting blooms in invasives of the region. Acting independently gives misinformation to the professionals that believe populations are in check, when in reality they are being temporarily destabilized by local self appointed remediators and it only further masks the problem and convolutes the possible solutions.