"Invasive Species" is Junk Science
 
 
(Note: There are two versions. One is 470 words; the other, a succinct 88. Please share widely as this knowledge is very important.)
 
 
August 4, 2005
 
 
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"Invasive Species" is Junk Science. That's right, and I can prove it.
 
"Invasive Species" can be almost any plant or animal -- deemed "native" or "non native" -- that "invades" a place it is not welcome. The newly sprouting layer of bureaucracy, regulation, and government graft stems, not from a desire to curb "invasives," but from what is seen as a golden opportunity to tap into many more taxpayer dollars, while further regulating taxpayers and draining property rights.
 
How can this be, you ask? The media is screaming about "invasive species" from every corner, as though it were a foreign army landing upon our shores. It isn't.
 
There are already in place regulations and statutes governing the use of noxious weeds and other undesirables. All that need be done is to enforce those laws and revisit species in different areas as they wear out their welcomes or cross the line from "ornamental" to obnoxious. Some species of flora and fauna are welcome in one area and dreaded in another. That is no excuse to forbid them all.
 
Congress recently struck all "invasive species" language from the Transportation Bill, SAFE-TEA. Why? Such onerous wording would have made all highway projects fair game for those seeking to stop them by merely claiming "invasive species" were present. Learning about the junk science embodied by the "invasive species" frenzy saved America from another layer of unnecessary and duplicitous regulatory imprisonment.
 
Sound familiar? This is the big brother to "endangered species," that thirty-something year mess that has gutted logging, ranching, commercial fishing, etc., in America and made private property rights little more than a doormat for litigation-happy "environmental" groups who say they're "protecting" or "saving" this or that "poster species." Many species dubbed "endangered" actually aren't, but are simply used to further something increasingly recognized as a rush to acquire vast areas of land and control of water.
 
Those most incensed about "protecting" and "restoring" "habitat" wax utterly silent when massive conflagrations burn our mismanaged, stagnating forests by the millions of acres -- which also incinerate "endangered" flora and fauna. Where is the hue and cry when countless "Smokey Bears" lose their lives in the face of these fires? Such "protection" of "habitat" is something that most plants and animals certainly don't need. In fact, these out of control wildfires actually endanger much more than they "help." Junk science strikes again.
 
I make no claims to be an expert on "invasive species" or science, but my daily research has for years provided knowledge that "something's wrong" with the "best available science" being used to strip property rights from honest citizens. When "best available" bears the aroma of last week's fish wrapper, junk science has likely been used.
 
Perhaps the real "invasive species" are those driving such agendas to create more wealth and power. Please consider.
 
 
Julie Kay Smithson  
213 Thorn Locust Lane
London, OH 43140
740-857-1239
 
 
Julie Kay Smithson's website is the number one unsponsored property rights research website in the world, with well over three million first-time visitors and return visitors numbering almost one hundred million. Her research seeks to educate and empower the reader with the tool of knowledge. To visit the "Invasive Species," ESA and Property Rights buttons at her site directly: http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/invasivespeciesfrms.htm
http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/esaframes.htm
http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/proprightsfrms.htm
 
Posted in at least 51 locations:
 
 
 
Published on page A-4 with the title: "Invasive species not a real threat to environment"  http://www.auburnpub.com (Auburn, New York, published on August 8, 2005)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.klamathbucketbrigade.org/Smithson_InvasiveSpeciesisJunkScience080805. htm (Oregon: for the main button on the "Invasive Species" topic, which currently contains 37 important postings: http://www.klamathbucketbrigade.org/YNTKinvasivespeciesact_table.htm)
 
 
 
 
http://www.madison-press.com (Ohio - subscription only)
 
 
Additional Ohio towns where this Commentary/Editorial/Letter has appeared, to date: Bloomingburg, Catawba, Clifton, Derby, Donnelsville,
Enon, Harrisburg, Jeffersonville, Mechanicsburg, Milledgeville, Mingo,
Mount Sterling (2), South Charleston, South Vienna, Tremont City, Washington Court House, West Jeffersonville, and Yellow Springs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.protectyourwaters.net/news/display.php?id=3116 Points to:  http://www.hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?9de1d6ba-9133-4bd0-85cc-d1b1c2f468fd Posted as "News: What's Hot" at the "STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! - New ANS Task Force Public Awareness Campaign." Here's what's at the bottom of all their web pages: "The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers web site is part of the ANS Task Force public awareness campaign and is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Coast Guard." The "Contact Us" part of their website is "still being developed" -- i.e., they cannot be contacted. ANS, by the way, stands for "Aquatic Nuisance Species," but at their home page, they narrow that definition: "Clarification of Terms: For the purposes of this campaign and the related materials, Aquatic Hitchhikers are defined as non-native, harmful aquatic plants, animals or microscopic organisms that can readily be transported to other waters via popular recreational activities. Also, different terms will be used interchangeably throughout the campaign to describe aquatic hitchhikers. These terms include: aquatic nuisance species, ANS, aquatic invasive species and non-native, harmful aquatic species. Campaign sponsors use these multiple terms to facilitate a better understanding about the issue and to assist with the ease of your reading." Also at this website/page is a definition of Recreational Activities: Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Waterfowl Hunting, SCUBA Diving or Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Seaplane Operations, Personal Watercraft Use, Recreational Bait Harvesting. Source: http://www.protectyourwaters.net This is also at the ANS home page: "Thanks to the U.S. EPA for developing the initial Task Force web site."
 
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"Invasive Species" is Junk Science
 
 
 
August 4, 2005
 
 
88 words
 
 

"Noxious species” describes any species that "invades" an unwelcome place. 

 

Shouted from every corner, “invasive species” are portrayed as a foreign army landing upon our shores. They aren't.

 

"Invasive Species" is Junk Science. 

 

Congress recently struck all "invasive species" language from the Transportation Bill because highway projects would have become fair game simply by claiming the presence of "invasive species.”

 

Current regulations already govern noxious species. Something's wrong with "best available science" being used to reinvent noxious weeds and expand "invasive species" to include everything that's not "native."

 

 

Julie Kay Smithson  
213 Thorn Locust Lane
London, OH 43140
740-857-1239
 
 
Julie Kay Smithson's website is the number one unsponsored property rights research website in the world, with well over three million first-time visitors and return visitors numbering almost one hundred million. Her research seeks to educate and empower the reader with the tool of knowledge. To visit the "Invasive Species," ESA and Property Rights buttons at her site directly: http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/invasivespeciesfrms.htm
http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/esaframes.htm
http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/proprightsfrms.htm
 
 
[Official] Definitions of Importance:
 
 
Invasive Species - An alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health. An alien species includes, with respect to a particular ecosystem and species, its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species that is not native to that ecosystem (Executive Order #13112). http://www2.srs.fs.fed.us/strategicplan/view_and_submit_comment.asp?ID=52
 
Native Species - Species of the plant and animal kingdom indigenous to the plan area or assessment area (Proposed Planning Rule, Section 219.36, August 2000). http://www2.srs.fs.fed.us/strategicplan/view_and_submit_comment.asp?ID=52
 
 
The Citizen, Auburn, New York
 
Edited version (251 words)
 
"Invasive Species" is junk science. That's right, and I can prove it.
 
"Invasive Species" can be almost any plant or animal -- deemed native or non native -- that invades a place it is not welcome. The newly sprouting layer of bureaucracy, regulation and government graft stems, not from a desire to curb invasives, but from what is seen as a golden opportunity to tap into many more taxpayer dollars, while further regulating taxpayers and draining property rights.
 
How can this be, you ask? The media is screaming about invasive species from every corner, as though it were a foreign army landing upon our shores. It isn't.
 
There are already in place regulations and statutes governing the use of noxious weeds and other undesirables.
 
All that need be done is to enforce those laws and revisit species in different areas as they wear out their welcomes or cross the line from ornamental to obnoxious. Some species of flora and fauna are welcome in one area and dreaded in another. That is no excuse to forbid them all.
 
I make no claims to be an expert on invasive species or science, but my daily research has for years provided knowledge that something's wrong with the "best available science" being used to strip property rights from honest citizens. When best available bears the aroma of last week's fish wrapper, junk science has likely been used.
 
Perhaps the real invasive species are those driving such agendas to create more wealth and power. Please consider.