Are Invasive Plants Evil?
We’re not saying that. But we are saying that invasive plants are out of place, that they create imbalances, and that they are destructive to our natural landscapes. They threaten the existence of our native plants and the insects and other life forms that depend on them.
It’s important that we understand the problems caused by invasive plants, that we learn to recognize invasive plants when we see them, and that we know how to eradicate these invasives.
A good way to prepare yourself to do battle with these tough invaders is to read some of the articles and sources listed below.
Part 1 of our continuing series regarding invasive species.
Some are saying that we’re too hard on invasives. They say we should be kinder and gentler. That we should be ‘friends to aliens.’ What do you think of that? In this first of a series of articles, Wild Ones explores the concept that invasive alien species aren’t really as bad as we think they are. Those who believe in this concept say that, rather than wasting precious resources on eradicating invasives, we should try to understand them – and we should realize that invasives really can be just one more part of our ecosystems.
We present three articles here in Part One of this series:
- In the first article, A Friend to Aliens (pdf), We Can’t Turn Back the Clock, So Let’s Accept Them, Wild Ones Journal editor, Maryann Whitman describes the concept of being “friends of invasive aliens.”
- In the second article, Opinion From the Wild Ones Journal: We Respectfully Disagree (pdf), Journal editor, Maryann Whitman gives us her opinion on this new idea.
- In the third article, Another Opinion Regarding ‘A Friend to Aliens (pdf), Professor Douglas Tallamy, Chair of Entomology at the University of Delaware, and an honorary director of Wild Ones, describes the damage invasives do to the all-important (and fragile) food web.
In a Letters to the Editor section, two readers say what they think.
Part 2 of our continuing series regarding invasive species.
The discussion continues, as a program director for The Nature Conservancy gives us his take. Chris Helzer, Eastern Nebraska Program Director for The Nature Conservancy, points out that, like it or not, The World of Plants is Changing (pdf) – We Need to Decide What’s Worth Fighting For.
Part 3 of our continuing series regarding invasive species.
As the discussion moves forward, Neil Diboll, long-time Wild Ones member, Wild Ones honorary director, and owner of Prairie Nursery lets us know what he thinks about embracing non-native invasives. Neil Diboll has no interest in living in a world dominated by buckthorn, honeysuckle, garlic mustard, and other invasive species, and in Not on My Watch (pdf), he makes it clear what he thinks and why he thinks it.
What other people are saying about invasive species:
A large collection of links leading to other web sites, with lots of information about why we should care about invasive species, how to identify them, and how to get them under control.