General Interest Article
Concern over the increasing spread of invasive species and the potential impacts of those species on native communities has been the subject of several books and hundreds of research papers in recent years. President Clinton's Executive Order on invasive species in February1999 raised national attention to this issue. Natural resource agencies have been plagued by an ever-increasing number of invasive species and now consider this issue the second most important problem (after habitat loss) in their fight to maintain some semblance of natural communities on this planet. One group of experts estimated that in the United States alone, invasives cost more than $100 billion annually (Pimentel et al. 2000). As the global economy continues to grow, it is reasonable to assume that this problem will increase in its severity as additional species extend their ranges.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Dinsmore, James J. and Bernstein, Neil P.
"Invasive Species in Iowa: An Introduction,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 108:
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol108/iss4/3