Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest

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P.D. Boersma, S.H. Reichard & A.N. Van Buren (Eds.). Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2006. 285pp. ISBN 0-295-98596-8 (pbk) $US29.95.

This is a very professionally compiled reference book and is beautifully produced and printed. There is a strange sense of ambiguity in the sheer beauty of the presentation alongside of the appalling problem being discussed. Regrettably, its utility inevitably diminishes in inverse proportion to the reader's distance from Seattle. But it provides an excellent model for a comparable book dealing with any other region of the world and hence is worthy of attention. .

The book opens with several very clear contextual chapters on invasive problems and ends with several useful appendices, including the IUCN list of the 100 worst invasive species of the world. The damage wrought by many of the species discussed in indeed frightening. The Nile Perch, introduced to Africa in order to improve fishing, exterminated over 200 endemic species. The water hyacinth clogs wetlands all over the world; a snake has virtually eliminated the birds of Guam. …

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