Beyond the War on Invasive Species with author Tao Orion

Posted April 29, 2019 at 5:45 am by

The Grange invites you to this upcom­ing meal and lecture…

Join us May 9 for a thought­ful dis­cus­sion of how we can approach gar­den­ing, farm­ing, forestry, and land man­age­ment with a more nuanced under­stand­ing of inva­sive species. How can we mim­ic nature in man­ag­ing the over­abun­dance of a par­tic­u­lar species? Part of the San Juan Island Grange Lec­ture Series; 7 pm at Grange Hall; 6 pm potluck.

Tao is the author of Beyond the War on Inva­sive Species: A Per­ma­cul­ture Per­spec­tive on Ecosys­tem Restora­tion(Chelsea Green Pub­lish­ing, 2015). She is pas­sion­ate about link­ing restora­tion with thought­ful design of human and non-human habi­tat. Tao lives with her fam­i­ly near Eugene, Ore­gon and is a per­ma­cul­ture design­er, edu­ca­tor and farmer.

How do we deal with the ris­ing tide of inva­sive species spread­ing through­out our island and our world? What role are these plants and ani­mals play­ing in the ecosys­tem and how did they get here? We live in an era of unprece­dent­ed con­cern for the dam­age being done to the nat­ur­al world, but also an almost equal lev­el of con­cern about plants and ani­mals out of place. In a world beset by pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change, are inva­sive species just one more nail in the cof­fin, or a sign that life will find a way?

Inva­sive species and inva­sive plants in par­tic­u­lar pose a com­plex chal­lenge for our soci­ety. Thorny and poi­so­nous weeds pro­lif­er­ate along­side road­ways and in our hay­fields while oth­ers spread any­where foot­steps touch. Yet some of these invaders per­form essen­tial func­tions pro­vid­ing food and habi­tat for wildlife, while we destroy them with tox­ic her­bi­cides in the name of envi­ron­men­tal restora­tion. Some species cre­ate mono­cul­tures that smoth­er diver­si­ty, yet hold potent med­i­c­i­nal prop­er­ties or have oth­er vital uses wait­ing to be har­vest­ed. Wher­ev­er we dis­turb the soil, some­thing will take root whether we like it or not.

Join us for a meal, or just come for the lec­ture. The Grange is non­par­ti­san, and so is this event.  All are wel­come, includ­ing kids! Part of the Grange Lec­ture Series; we strive to sup­port a resilient com­mu­ni­ty of grow­ers, mak­ers and keep­ers, to fos­ter social and polit­i­cal engage­ment, and to main­tain our Hall as a home for cel­e­bra­tions and programs.

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Categories: Education, Environment

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