Harvesting invasive species could limit their spread

2013-12-22T00:00:00Z Harvesting invasive species could limit their spread nwitimes.com
December 22, 2013 12:00 am

I do not condone “cultivation” of invasive species. The mission is to reduce the invasiveness of these organisms, not to propagate them. Integrity will be an essential component of this business, and all raw materials will be strictly verified.

Appropriately, invasive species management has prioritized natural areas. Using funding from taxes and endowments, stewards ephemerally restore small high-quality remnants. The Indiana Coastal Cooperative Weed Management Area accordingly recognizes that stewardship, and its meager budgets, will be greatly served by reducing the rate of re-invasion.

Indiana Invasive Species Council’s assessment is that fighting widespread entrenched populations is neither financially nor temporally feasible. With different scope, a viable and sustainable solution regards invasives as a resilient perennial self-renewing resource. This profit-based system will reduce the invasiveness of these organisms through strategic harvest of their marketable components.

- John Ervin, Valparaiso

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