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 doesn't
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, they'll 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 biologist's 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 Dickinson's insights about Michael Shaw's
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.