The Denver Post - Asian beetles defeat tamarisk, naturally
Intersting article in the denver post about releasing beetles from asia that like to eat tamarisk. I have seen a handful of reports like this that follow the trend of...
1) Bring in non-native species for whatever silly reason
2) Oh shit, non-native species is a major menace
3) What are we going to do, non-native species is destroying or altering the ecosystem
4) Wait, wait... I got it, bring in ANOTHER non-native species to stop the first non-native species and everything will be ALL RIGHT!
Seems like the classic case of "two wrongs make a right". Maybe it will work, maybe it won't. I'm somewhat amazed that given the fairly well documented problems of bringing non-native species into new ecosystems that people still do it intentionally, even if they think its for a good reason.
I just hope we don't see a report in 15 years about the menacing tamarisk beetle that f'ed up the ecosystem...