American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species
Strangers on the Land
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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For their contributions in a wide variety of forms (sometimes simply forgood conversation), I thank Johnny Ajluni, William Beinart, Bill Cronon,Chris Dunford, Tom Dunlap, Marcus Hall, Elizabeth Arnold Hull, NancyJackson, Joe Jisser, Peter Kaufman, Rob Lambert, David Lowenthal, RichMinnich, Cheryl Oakes, Alix Reiskind, Chris Smout, Rene Sugasawarra,...
1 Strangers and Natives
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...“The United States is having a problem with aliens,” announced theNational Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center as the twentiethcentury drew to a close. “Not illegal immigrants or space invaders,” elabo-rated the Center—a division of a parent organization more commonly asso-ciated with efforts to enforce seat belt laws, combat drunk driving, and pro-...
2 The Avian Conquest of a Continent
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The sparrow is an exotic species to America, and following the law of introducedA. H. Estabrook, “The Present Status of the English Sparrow Problem It has been branded as thief, wretch, feathered rat, etc. etc., but whatever may beEdward Howe Forbush and John Bichard May, Natural History of theVisiting New York City’s Central Park in May 1903, Clinton G. Abbott con-...
3 Plants, Insects, and Other Strangers to the Soil
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There were on the planet where the little prince lived—as on all planets—goodand bad plants. . . . If it is only a sprout of radish or the sprig of a rose-bush, onewould let it grow wherever it might wish. But when it is a bad plant, one mustdestroy it as soon as possible, the very Wrst instant that one recognizes it. Now therewere terrible seeds on the planet that was the home of the little prince; and these...
4 Arboreal Immigrants
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On National Arbor Day in 2001 (April 27), the National Arbor DayFoundation announced the results of a four-month online poll to selectAmerica’s National Tree. More than 444,000 votes were cast. The oak wonby a clear margin, not least because it comes in sixty varieties that are morewidely distributed around the nation than the representatives of any other...
5 The Nature of Alien Nation
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When you’ve Wnished your own toilet in the morning, then it is time to attend tothe toilet of your planet. . . . You must see to it that you pull up regularly all thebaobabs, at the very Wrst moment that they can be distinguished from the rose-bushes which they resemble so closely in their earliest youth. . . . I do not much liketo take the tone of a moralist. But the danger of the baobabs is so little under-...
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...1. “Aliens,” EnvironMinute Wildlife Scripts, Environmental Health Center,National Safety Council, Washington, D.C., April 14, 1999, at www.nsc.org/EHC/minute/em990414.htm, accessed April 16, 2006; Dick Tracy, “Charm-ing Invaders: Alien Species May Look Nice, but Native Plants Wilt under Their2. At www.invasivespecies.gov/laws/execorder.shtml, accessed April 16, 2006....
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Page Count: 266
Publication Year: 2007