Monday, August 4, 2008

Rise of the emerald ash borer

This is bad news. Somewhat inevitable, but still bad.
The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that has destroyed millions of ash trees in Michigan, has been discovered in Wisconsin in Ozaukee County, near the village of Newburg.
Invasive species and the havoc they wreak on native ecosystems feel a lot like fighting a never-ending battle, one in which we often seem to be losing ground. Between these little pests, zebra mussels, and buckthorn (among other things), our reckless policies are coming back to haunt us all.

I commend those trying to fight back against invasive species, and those working to implement saner, more well-thought out policies pertaining to how we go about moving cargo over water, where we import goods from, and what new species are introduced into certain areas. But still, damage done.

1 comment:

Dustin Christopher said...

You forgot the dreaded gypsy moth... Between the gypsy moth and the ask borer... game over, man.

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