Hey guys, I'm new to your forum and I love the information I'm finding on it. Can't wait to hear what you guys think of my question.
I have an honest question which is not meant to stir anything negative up. I know some people feel strongly about invasive species.
I completely understand why, with globalization and the ease of access to foreign plants, it is more important now than ever before to be careful which new species we introduce when gardening. I also understand though that over the course of time immemorable plants have spread across the continents and if we had looked back through the centuries, each new species to arrive in a region would have been considered an invasive species.
I think, as most people do, that the natural course of ecosystem evolution (without any human intervention) is the best option, but since people have already and will probably continue to introduce invasive species to various regions... How do we differentiate between which new "invasive" species are naturally occurring ecosystem progression and which are introduced by humans and require human intervention to prevent their spread?
I know it would be easy to identify some human-introduced invasive species based on the vast distance between their native habitat and their new habitat, but that's not the case for all.
Thanks guys I'm very interested to hear other people's opinions on this.