I Like Much Of Southern California’s Non-Native Vegetation

I am from Australia and I was thrilled when I moved to Los Angeles to find tons of eucalyptus trees. I feel at home when I walk under them. I feel comforted.

I am from Australia and I am thrilled when I meet fellow Aussies in Los Angeles and I am happy when I meet Australian vegetation.

I converted to Judaism and I am thrilled when I travel around the world and find Jewish communities. I feel at home there. I love being able to get on the internet wherever I go in the world and check in on my favorite football team — the Dallas Cowboys.

I am not opposed to all non-native species. I think many of them benefit us.

On the other hand, I want there to be places in Southern California with only native vegetation. I don’t want invasive species wiping out the natives. I only welcome non-native species to the extent that they can be controlled and used for our benefit. And I think the same way about human immigration. I don’t want so many immigrants that America loses its white Christian heritage. I don’t want organized elites to strangle native cultures and replace them with massive immigration.

Some immigrants are an excellent fit with their new country. For example, I think all historically Anglo-Saxon countries such as the United States, Canada, England and Australia should reclaim their Anglo-Saxon heritage and have easy immigration and trade between fellow Anglos. When it comes to Jews, those from Western Europe are going to be a much easier fit for Western countries than Jews from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. German Jews, in particular, have been an enormous blessing to the world.

I Googled native vs non-native vegetation in Southern California and found this list. By the descriptions, I think it provides a good case against certain non-native vegetation and how at times a smart society will seek to prevent any importation of these invasive species.

* Alligatorweed, also known as pig weed, is a pernicious invasive plant that was first discovered in Alabama way back in 1897. It’s native to South America, but was transported to North America through ballast water. It forms dense, pervasive mats that make it hard for native species to thrive. It can also impact boating, fishing, and swimming.

* The water hyacinth is known among botanists as one of the worst aquatic plants in the world. While it’s native to South America, it has infested freshwater regions of California. It’s sold in big box and garden stores because of its beautiful flowers, but tends to grow and reproduce at astonishing rates, leading to millions of dollars per year in plant management fees.

* Another invasive aquatic plant, hydrilla probably originated in Asia before making its way to California around the 1950s. It came through the aquarium trade, escaping into local freshwater areas. It’s found in deserts, the San Francisco Bay Area, and even in more remote areas like Shasta. Typically, it forms mats like the water hyacinth above, blocking water flow and causing millions of dollars of damages.

* The Uruguay water-primrose is a noxious weed that invades the water ecosystems in California and many other areas of the western United States. Again, it is a mat-forming plant that has bright yellow-orange flowers. It’s been in California for over two decades, but is growing at an alarming rate, making it a growing concern for plant biologists and conservationists.

* Giant Salvinia looks kind of like floating mushrooms or heads of lettuce. It’s yet another plant that made its way to California from South America via the aquarium trade. As a serious threat to lakes, ponds, and rivers, it will completely cover water surfaces and create stagnant waters in once-moving streams. On top of that, these thick mats will often become havens for mosquitoes.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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