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Nonnmative Terrestrial Species Invasions

S. Kelly Kearns

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.003.0030
Nonnmative Terrestrial Species Invasions

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Invasive plants, animals, and disease organisms strongly affect both our biological resources and economy. Some scientists believe that invasions are inevitable and feel that it is futile to attempt to stop them. However, most who work with invasives feel strongly that much can and should be done to protect natural areas from the impacts of invasive species. A broader awareness of which species are of concern and the problems they cause is key to containing the current infestations and preventing the import of new harmful species. This chapter examines the status of invasive terrestrial species in Wisconsin: the history of their introduction and spread, their impacts, projections for future change, a summary of what is currently being done at different levels, and recommendations for further actions.

Keywords: invasive species; Wisconsin; species invasion; nonnative terrestrial species

Chapter.  4969 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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