Invasive Species - A Means to an End
(Note: Jim's series of articles on Invasive Species may be enjoyed
March 29, 2003
By Jim Beers
It was during the early 1900s that Federal and state governments
hire employees and organize concerted programs to actively manage
wildlife, and plants.
Birds and fish were managed to provide sustainable, annual harvests
recreational and commercial purposes.
Large mammals were managed to provide citizens with sport and meat
Small mammals were managed to provide fur or winter meals to rural
and urban residents who enjoyed hunting or trapping.
Trees were managed to provide sustainable timber products, wildlife,
control, grazing, and a pleasant landscape.
Streams were managed to provide fish, recreation, power, drinking
irrigation, and commercial transportation while minimizing the damage
by floods or droughts.
Songbirds, amphibians, and plants were studied and categorized by
Universities and groups of citizens like the Audubon Society influenced
citizens to provide for these lesser-known species as citizens went
their daily activities.
It was during the middle part of the century that the Federal government
hired more employees and began to purchase, proclaim, and "protect"
units on a regular basis.
Wetlands were bought and made "National Wildlife Refuges."
places of beauty or wonder were bought and proclaimed "National
Woodlands were bought or reserved from the Federal landholdings in
and proclaimed "National Forests."
Western grasslands and what were fairly termed wastelands were not
over to the states as was done in other states and eventually were
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) grazing lands. These last were leased
routinely for grazing, mining, and other uses while the others on
from the Forests to the Parks allowed many (multiple) to limited uses.
Until the 1970s, Federal employees, Federal statutes (laws), Federal
regulations, and Federal and state programs all recognized that they
to manage the natural resources on these landholding for the wise
sustainable uses of citizens.
The employees were trained by Universities to do this job and governments
hired and promoted based on proven performance to manage natural resources.
The plants and animals were termed renewable natural resources and
coal, and minerals were called non-renewable natural resources.
All were managed and harvested or extracted using the best management
practices known at the time.
When the public accepted the Endangered Species Act and the Animal
Act in the early 1970s things changed dramatically.
The future for US Department of the Interior employees (where the
Parks, and Grazing Lands were managed) moved away from managing resources
people to managing plants and animals to protect them from any and
The Endangered Species Act (administered by the US Department of
Interior) corrupted the sensible management of natural resources by
employees of that period by being the growth part of employment and
for most bonuses and promotions.
New employees whispered resentments at the way old programs managed
sustainable uses and assured that new programs did not allow uses.
the old programs changed.
An example is the way the 20-year old, always unsuccessful attempt
millions of dollars by taxing binoculars, camping gear, etc., to buy
"non-game" lands was always intended to be lands without
any sustainable uses
During the last Administration persistent attempts were made to modify
policies and even regulations that would eliminate management or use
resources on the Refuges, Parks, and Grazing Lands. Some limited progress
was made by the illicit use of Executive Orders around election time
Presidential Proclamations prohibiting certain uses on certain areas
the coal under Southern Utah Grazing Lands or offshore oil development
gain votes in states like California and Florida.
A parallel development took place in the US Department of Agriculture
manages the National Forests and administers the Animal Welfare Act.
The future for employees left management and use programs and became
on eliminating uses and cooperating with the socialist-oriented, no-use
power-brokers like the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, the US Humane
Society, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Animal Protection
As happened at the Department of the Interior, promotions and bonuses
given for eliminating management and uses and new employees hired
power-brokers assured that new and old programs reflected this change.
Again, Executive Orders and Proclamations imposed Roadless Areas,
Wilderness', and prohibitions on natural gas extraction in the midst
shortages and Mideast terror.
The recent growth of the Federal government, the astronomical increases
the Federal budget for these Departments, and the modifications of
rights and jurisdictions from private property to states rights due
two laws and these two Departments is a matter of record known to
The Federal and state bureaucrats who have witnessed the effect on
employment, careers, and power know that this expansion can go on
for a long
time but -- like the changes I mentioned during the last century --
the "Mother of all Government Programs" on their horizon.
They plan to enlist all the "usual suspects" from the last
thirty years to
help get them there: the University professors, the power-brokers,
reelection-obsessed politicians will all help willingly to get their
This next and apparently unlimited guarantee of budget increases,
increases, promotions, bonuses, and most-importantly power increase
something called the RESTORATION OF PRE-COLUMBIAN ECOSYSTEMS. Its
features are that it is both impossible and immeasurable.
Never mind that it is also foolish and nonsensical.
However, if the "general public" et al, can be made to
believe in or accept
the fallacies of the Endangered Species Act (like the "need"
of wolves or the wisdom of eliminating logging and entire rural communities
for imaginary effects on owls or lynx) they will believe anything.
Goebbels fed the Germans ever-greater lies, just like getting a dog
more and more over time, and it apparently worked.
The bureaucratic "success" of the past thirty years has
illuminated a darker
future for us all.
The American public accepts the lie that the plants and animals that
"here" in 1492 AD were somehow designated (certainly not
by God, but then, by
who?) as the best or highest or only such plant or animal to be at
Never mind that millions of us living incredibly different lives
Never mind that the pre-European US environment of 1492 AD is as
from today's' environment in the US as the Mississippi is from the
Never mind that thousands of plants and animals have arrived in hundreds
different ways and their seeds, their crossbreeding, their uses, their
effects, and their superior abilities to compete (when they survive)
they are here to stay every bit as much as the oldest living species
middle of Nebraska.
Never mind that the bureaucrats whine about eradicating a grass that
never encountered but will eventually be eradicating plants in your
landscaping or garden.
Always remember that the Endangered Species Act was touted as "saving"
eagles (another lie) but never mentioned putting loggers out of business
an owl or causing Southern California homes to burn up because of
No, and you can take this to the bank per an old wildlife biologist,
nothing sacred, good, or desirable about Pre-Columbian Ecosystems
any plants or animals differently based on their time here.
Sure, keep out new ones as best you can based on what we know.
Sure, eradicate or redistribute some plants or animals based on their
or on the needs of people.
Sure let the Federal government do their job regulating import, export,
interstate commerce while states administer all the plants and animals
their state as they see fit.
But don't, whatever they tell you, accept the notion that the Federal
government has any mandate for the silly, immeasurable, never-ending,
unimaginably expensive, and impossible task of restoring Pre-Columbian
That said, there is a big push to do just this today.
All of the proposed bills before Congress that have a Title or Section
mentions INVASIVE SPECIES does just that.
If the Federal government proclaims a mandate to attack INVASIVE
automatically tells the Courts and every bureaucrat that ONLY NATIVE
(Pre-1492 AD) SPECIES are to remain everywhere in the USA.
Think of the money, the people, the land, the grants, the programs,
bonuses, the permits, the land needed, the POWER "necessary"
to begin and
continue this bureaucratic attack on everything from brown trout to
It can never be accomplished, it can never be measured, there will
never be a
lack of new "problems" needing "more," and the
power needed (like the species
identified) can only increase. It literally boggles the mind.
No bureaucrat since the mandarins in ancient China ever conceived
greater self-serving program for unlimited expansion over an unlimited
of decades or even centuries.
All this and what was once the best-educated public in the history
stands ready to swallow it like a bass eyeing a hula popper overhead.
If you can, tell your Senator, tell your Congressman, and tell your
representatives that you do not want the Federal government responsible
anything except the import, export, or interstate commerce involving
species that may harm the current natural or commercial environment
Tell them that you want the Constitutionally mandated responsibility
plants and animals (wild and domestic) to remain with the state governments.
This is already longer than I planned, but I will be writing more
current rush of activities here in Washington concerning INVASIVE
over the next few months. I will try to make this all more understandable
I try to sift the wheat from the chaff.