Originally Posted by Delfin
Non native invasive plant species cost the state of Florida
alone about $1 billion annually. We don't have American Chestnuts anymore because of imported chestnut wood containing a non native pathogen.
The reason the world is becoming a nanny state is because there are so many selfish children
like you and the OP out there who think that laws designed to limit and control problems like this aren't worth paying attention to. Selfish children
require a lot of supervision because they're always breaking things and making messes on the carpet.
Whilst I'll abstain from comment to the pejorative tone of your writings I do call your attention to the fact that invasive species are a huge problem quite often because govt regulation allows it.
F'rinstance, the Burmese Python, a ravenous invasive species, has populated the FLA Everglades due to the fact that govt allows exotic reptiles as 'pets'. Within one year these 'pets' become too large for the owners to care for so they dump them into the environment
, an environment
which closely mimics their natural habitat. Even the govt agencies charged with eradicating the invasive species will, by policy, act to promote the population of that invasive species as they practice a 'catch and release' program in the name of research
. Example; a female python is captured during mating season but then released after tagging. So this female python will likely lay a clutch
of eggs and the govt agency has full knowledge of that. Even then, following a "pet amnesty" event where reptile owners can turn in their unwanted 'pets', the govt agency will try to place these animals
with other owners. What then when the python grows to 16' or larger and that owner decides they can no longer afford the snake? BTW: this species of python is a prolific and well adapted hunter
. Alligators, Crocodiles, large mammals, including pets
, not to mention endangered species have all been found in the bellies of Burmese Pythons.
Another example, the state of California
spends a huge sum to eradicate an invasive species, a pampas grass, yet the very same govt allows for garden nurseries to offer for sale
that same invasive species. On the beautiful Big Sur coast (a coast so beautiful it is often labeled as one of the top ten in the world) the bedrock is highly fractured. That's the geology of it (Fransican melange, for a primer). This non-native pampas bush so loosens the overlying soil that it degrades the stability of the terrain which often results in erosion and mass wasting (landslides). Then, following a landslide, what is the first species to appear is the non-native pampas.
Also, to stabilize vertical terrain and as erosion control, the state of California seeds a non-native grass following a brush fire. This due to the fast growing tendencies of that species of grass. Yet the sale
of that grass to the common folk are prohibited in order to effect eradication of invasive species.
Even along most of the state highways, aka freeways, in California, a non-native species is planted to stabilize embankments.
The point of my earlier comment, in response to a comment made by another poster, was to illustrate the dichotomy of govt regulation. The right hand not knowing (or caring) what the left hand is doing, as it were. And the hapless taxpayer is on the hook in both accounts. But God forbid he should place or remove a piece of driftwood on the beach.
A bit closer to home. As a diver I have made many beach dives in California. I have seen the bottom littered with hundreds, if not thousands, of Abalone shells. All the shells, larges and small shared a characteristic which was a hole smashed into the shell. This was the Sea Otter at work. So while one agency of the govt bans even sport divers from harvesting these mollusks, another agency promotes population growth of the Sea Otter.
There have been many stories bandied about but several point to as yet inconclusive evidence that the current
population is larger than the historical population which the tree huggers wish to recreate. All the while this leading to a dearth in Abalone of all species. The Sea Otter is too cute for what it truly is; a ravenous, always hungry predator of mollusks.
Then there is the Salmon fishery and I am not talking of only the commercial
harvest. The Salmon has been negatively impacted by commercial
fish farms. The impact has been significant and by many accounts shows to be longlasting.
File this under govt regulation. Not all regulation yields negative results but, in agreement with my earlier comment, what I post here are but a few examples of a lack of common sense in regulation.