Guava Bio-control Plan Full of Bugs - By Sydney Ross
Singer, President, Good Shepherd Foundation, Inc., November 8,
The government of Hawaii intends to loose an invasive insect,
a Brazilian scale (Tectococcus ovatus), as a bio-control to eradicate
the strawberry guava (waiawi), which has been on Hawaii for 200
years, because it is an invasive species.
The Brazilian scale would be allowed to spread throughout the
islands and eradicate the well-loved, useful ornamental fruit
tree on both private and government-owned land, to no reasonable
purpose and significant risk.
- Hawaii Department
of Agriculture Chirping Away at Our Property Rights
- By Sidney Ross Singer, President, Good Shepherd Foundation,
Inc., November 8, 2008
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is preparing a rule to
declare the beneficial coqui tree frog, which does no harm to
plants, a pest that should be controlled for agricultural purposes,
apparently because its nocturnal chirping is disagreeable to
some people. The rule change will also allow the department to
declare other vertebrate species as plant pests.
SpeciesRegulation by Fraud-By Fred V. Grau, Jr.,
President Grasslyn, Inc., Tenth Annual National Conference on
Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
Invasive species rules are already having negative impact
on ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, and boaters. White
listing in accord with the precautionary principle
requires that you have to prove that a species doesnt
cause harm before you can trade in it. The concept of biological
pollution is starting to bring U.S. EPA jurisdiction
over aquatic invasive species. Invasive species laws are a federal
funding mechanism to The Nature Conservancy.
SpeciesIntrusive Regulation - By Robert J. Smith,
President, Center for Private Conservation, Washington, D.C.,
Speech at the Seventh Annual Conference on Private Property Rights
(PRFA, October 2003)
Invasive species are everywhere. If the Greens get an invasive
species program started, theyll have an Office of
Invasive Species or Invasive Species Program so that they can
take all the things they dislike, whether it is crown vetch or
whatever, and put them on the list and then start eradicating
them, and that is going to mean an end to your private property.
the Intrusive Invasive Species Act - By Nate Dickinson
(PRFA, September 5, 2003)
A wildlife biologists common sense discussion
of S.525, the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2003,
warning that the bill provides more for expansive regulatory
bureaucracy than for the practical protection from invasive species.
Innovative Approach to Natural Area Restoration
by Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, July 22, 2002)
Nate Dickinsons insights about Michael Shaws
restoration of native species on his coastal California property.
Instead of relying on herbicides, burning, or grazing to eliminate
exotic plants, Mr. Shaw used scientifically directed human energy
to release the native seedbank, working past successive invasions
of other unwanted plants toward bountiful results.