The Root Problem with Invasive Species

Sep 23, 2015

Tao Orion's book is not a garden-variety approach to managing invasive species.

Efforts to root out invasive plants and restore native ecosystems are difficult and expensive. They are also doomed to fail, unless we understand why the new arrivals are thriving. 

Landscapes in the west were historically managed proactively, by Native Americans, who relied on native plants and animals for food and materials to sustain them, also proactively managed these landscapes, Orion observes. As those practices have been displaced or abandoned, long-established ecosystems are vulnerable to change—sometimes by the arrival of new species, or other times by more dramatic and damaging events.