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Avoiding the Invasive Trap: Policies for Aquatic Non-Indigenous Plant Management

Paul Radomski, Donna Perleberg

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 211-232. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15515267418539

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Many aquatic invasive species (AIS) management programs are doing important work on preventing non-indigenous species movement to our wild places. Attitudes and perspectives on aquatic non-indigenous species and their management by ecologists and the public are fundamentally a question of human values. Despite eloquent philosophical writings on treatment of non-indigenous species, management agency rhetoric on 'invasive' species usually degenerates to a good versus evil language, often with questionable results and lost conservation dollars. We assess and learn from an established AIS program. We discuss an ethic framework and operational directives to minimise the trap of a binary classification of species into bad or good, and we advocate for a principled pragmatic approach to minimise conflicts. We make a case for not labelling species and instead focusing on managing nuisance conditions and protecting ecosystem health.


Invasive species, indigenous species, non-native aquatic plants, management policy

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Speaking About Weeds: Indigenous Elders' Metaphors for Invasive Species and Their Management. Thomas Michael Bach, Brendon M.H. Larson

Human and Non-Human Migration: Understanding Species Introduction and Translocation through Migration Ethics. David Switzer and Nicole Frances Angeli

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Focusing on Relational Matters to Overcome Duality. Claudia Carter

The Good, the Wild, and the Native: An Ethical Evaluation of Ecological Restoration, Native Landscaping, and the 'Wild Ones' of Wisconsin. Laura M. Hartman, Kathleen M. Wooley

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