Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest

Edited by P. Dee Boersma, Sarah Reichard, and A. N. Van Buren

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  • Published: 2006
  • Subject Listing: Natural History; Pacific Northwest
  • Bibliographic information: 276 pp., 108 color illus., 7 x 10 in.
  • Contents

The U.S. government defines invasive species as "an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest describes these species, how they got here, and the effects of their invasions on the region's environment. Each of 108 invasive species of fish, plants, invertebrates, mammals, and birds - including earthworms, domestic cats and pigs, blackberries, European fruit flies, Japanese eelgrass, Mediterranean mussels, rats, and terrestrial mollusks - is described in a 2-page spread that includes a full-color photograph of the species, a map showing the species' presence in the region, plus:

- Impact on communities and native species

- Control methods and management

- Life histories and species overview

- History of invasiveness

Included are suggestions to help reduce the spread of invasive species; habitat preferences of Pacific Northwest invasive species; the World Conservation Union (ICUN) list of the world's 100 most invasive alien species; and a questionnaire designed to evaluate ecological impact and invasive potential.

Invasive species have been recognized as an environmental issue since Charles Darwin's voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Editors P. D. Boersma, S. E. Reichard, and A. N. Van Buren explore the intentional and accidental introductions of invasive species. Whether these species were deliberately brought to the Northwest for agricultural, horticultural, aquacultural, or hunting and fishing purposes, or accidentally introduced as stowaways and contaminants, knowledge about them is integral to the protection of our environment.
P. Dee Boersma holds the Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science in the Department of Biology, University of Washington. Sarah Reichard is an associate professor affiliated with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Amy Van Buren is a Ph.D. candidate in biology at the University of Washington.

"This brand new volume enlarges our concept of invasiveness and informs our sense of responsibility. From domestic cats to familiar plants, learn about the ecological impact wrought by the most problematic species in our environment."
-"11 books that every Northwest gardener needs", Seattle Times
Invasive Species Around the World / P. D. Boersma
Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest / P. D. Boersma, S. H. Reichard, and A. N. Van Buren
A Closer Look: Invasive Species on the Queen Charlotte Islands / Joanna L. Smith
How to Use This Book

Species Accounts
- Freshwater Plants
- Marine Plants
- Terrestrial Plants
- Freshwater Invertebrates
- Marine Invertebrates
- Terrestrial Invertebrates
- Freshwater Vertebrates
- Marine Vertebrates
- Terrestrial Vertebrates
- Diseases
- Threats

Additional Sources of Information
Photography Credits
Contributing Authors
About the Editors

"Highly useful."
-Biological Invasions

"Through their introductory essays and careful selection of species, the editors express a cautious brand of optimism regarding the control and eradication of invasives in the Northwest and clearly hope that this book will be instructive and useful to gardeners, students, and the public. The problem of invasive species can be overwhelming, but the regional focus and practical approach of this book help break the issue down into manageable pieces and even inspire us to action."

"This book would make very good supplemental reading for college courses, natural resource managers, and the interested, informed public in Washington, Oregon, and adjacent areas..[t]he volume will alert those lucky enough to live in the Pacific Northwest to some enemies of their enviable lifestyle that they may not have known that they had."
-The Quarterly Review of Biology

"The editors, who are authorities on the topic, deliver a clear, consistent text that is fun to read. Essential."