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TamarixA Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West$
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Anna Sher and Martin F. Quigley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199898206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.001.0001

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The Politics of a Tree

The Politics of a Tree

How a Species Became National Policy

(p.287) 17 The Politics of a Tree

Tim Carlson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how Tamarix has drawn bipartisan political interest as an apparently problematic invasive species at a time when many other invasive-plant issues get little or no attention. More specifically, it analyzes how the problem with Tamarix invasion has affected national policy. For more than half a century, many scientists and land managers have been telling the public and political leaders that tamarisk is a serious problem. The chapter considers the dynamics of the Tamarix issue such as the compounding effects of drought, wildfire, habitat, endangered species, agriculture, recreation, and anthropogenic actions and values. Finally, it examines how water concerns and the aesthetic perceptions of rivers affect public attitudes; whether the Tamarix issue has met the requirements for public review and political decision making; and whether the lessons learned from Tamarix can be applied to other invasive species.

Keywords:   invasive species, Tamarix, species invasion, national policy, drought, wildfire, endangered species, agriculture, water, rivers

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