Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest
-- Impact on communities and native species
-- Control methods and management
-- Life histories and species overview
-- History of invasiveness
Included are suggestions to help reduce the spread of invasive species; habitat preferences of Pacific Northwest invasive species; the World Conservation Union (ICUN) list of the world's 100 most invasive alien species; and a questionnaire designed to evaluate ecological impact and invasive potential.
Invasive species have been recognized as an environmental issue since Charles Darwin's voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Editors P. D. Boersma, S. E. Reichard, and A. N. Van Buren explore the intentional and accidental introductions of invasive species. Whether these species were deliberately brought to the Northwest for agricultural, horticultural, aquacultural, or hunting and fishing purposes, or accidentally introduced as stowaways and contaminants, knowledge about them is integral to the protection of our environment.
About the Authors
"Through their introductory essays and careful selection of species, the editors express a cautious brand of optimism regarding the control and eradication of invasives in the Northwest and clearly hope that this book will be instructive and useful to gardeners, students, and the public. The problem of invasive species can be overwhelming, but the regional focus and practical approach of this book help break the issue down into manageable pieces and even inspire us to action."—MasterGardener
"This book would make very good supplemental reading for college courses, natural resource managers, and the interested, informed public in Washington, Oregon, and adjacent areas..[t]he volume will alert those lucky enough to live in the Pacific Northwest to some enemies of their enviable lifestyle that they may not have known that they had."—The Quarterly Review of Biology
"The editors, who are authorities on the topic, deliver a clear, consistent text that is fun to read. Essential."—Choice
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