Invasive species are everywhere, from forests and prairies to mountaintops and river mouths. Their rampant nature and sheer numbers appear to overtake fragile native species and forever change the ecosystems that they depend on. Concerns that invasive species represent significant threats to global biodiversity and ecological integrity permeate conversations have led to a “war on invasive species,” where the arsenal is stocked with bulldozers, chainsaws, and herbicides. The “war on invasive species” is in full swing, but given the scope of such potentially dangerous and ecologically degrading practices, it is necessary to question the very nature of the battle.
Beyond the War on Invasive Species demonstrates that there is more to the story of invasive species than is commonly conceived. It offers ways of understanding their presence and ecosystem effects in order to make more responsible choices in land restoration and biodiversity conservation. The choices we make on a daily basis are the major drivers of contemporary changes in ecosystem structure and function. Deep and long-lasting ecological restoration outcomes will come not just from eliminating invasive species, but through conscientious redesign of these production systems.
Chelsea Green Publishing
272 pages, B&W.