Invasive Species – Time for a Paradigm Shift?

Erica Goode writes recently in the New York Times about the conventional wisdom that “invasive species are bad news,” and notes “persistent warnings from biologists about the dangers of foreign animals and plants moving into new territories.”  Her story quotes Brown University professor, Dov Sax: “I think the dominant paradigm…

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Rotenone? 1952 Called Again and Wants Its Species Management Strategy Back

The latest plan to ‘restore’ using poison has found its way to public comment this week as officials from Montana and Wyoming request feedback on the draft environmental assessment for the Soda Butte Creek drainage by June 13.  Readers who care about Yellowstone National Park or these important headwaters will want…

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Rotenone? 1952 Called and Wants Its Fisheries Management Strategy Back

A recent study in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society  (Volume 142, Issue 1, 2013) reports that after two decades, wild trout in the Blackfoot River Basin of Montana are still benefiting from stream restoration efforts. That’s great news that a peer-reviewed study finds a positive correlation between restoration…

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A Positive Spin on Dumping Poison in Montana Lakes

 The Great Falls Tribune recently reported on Montana’s Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project quoting Montana Fish Wildlife and Park’s assertion that the poisoning project is “showing good results.” “The goal of the project is to wipe out hybridized trout in the watershed by about 2017. That involves stocking pure genetic…

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An Open Letter to Mr. Ted Williams – Following on his Commentary

Rarely have I seen an environmental issue so clouded by emotion and politics, or one with such bold disregard for science as this…  My open letter today is written in response to comments made recently by outdoor writer Ted Williams at the website Conservation Magazine.  Among a roster of scientifically inaccurate statements, Williams…

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Chasing Rainbows – with Poison

What follows is a letter to the editor in response to a recent article in Conservation Magazine titled, Chasing Rainbows by Anders Halverson. “Lured by a utopian vision of nature, fish and game agencies dropped billions of trout into thousands of lakes. Now, they’re determined to undo the damage they…

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