Invasive Species Management – Staying ahead of the Invasion Curve

The Finger Lakes Institute recently published an article on staying ahead of invasive species introduction through the use of Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR). The article, entitled “Fighting the Curve” was written by Andrea Locke,Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management Coordinator; and Hilary R. Mosher, Finger Lakes-Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management Coordinator.

Prevention is the best and first line of defense when it comes to managing invasive species, but even the best prevention efforts will be unable to stop all invasive species from becoming established in a given area. Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) increases the likelihood that invasions will be controlled while populations are still localized and at low levels that can more easily be contained and eradicated. Once an invasive species becomes well established, it is significantly more difficult and expensive to control (Figure 1). In many cases, once a species reaches that point, all that may be possible is a lessening of their negative impacts.

Read the rest of the story on the FLPRISM website.

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