Save the Trees: A Legislative Proposal to Mandate Active Forest Management to Save Forests from Invasive Species

Posted: 1 Oct 2019

Date Written: September 19, 2019

Abstract

Current legislation is largely inadequate in addressing the issue of invasive species in the United States. A lack of comprehensive legal mechanisms is leading to the gradual decimation of America’s forests by invasive insects, fungi, and plants. The native tree species of America’s forests are suffering due to invasive species and the laws currently in place do not do enough to protect them. These problems will become especially relevant as the climate continues to change and allows invasives to spread and thrive in other ecosystems. Both humans and animals will be negatively impacted by the decline in tree populations. Even though there is adequate scientific understanding of how to control invasive species, these methods are not mandated and thus, are not implemented. Stricter and more vigorous legislation needs to be put in place to reverse these impacts before climate change allows invasives to spread further. Active forest management is a practice that manages forests and restores their health and resiliency. Thus, active forest management should be mandated through legislation that is tailored to regional forest ecosystems. Although there may be barriers that this legislation will need to overcome, if implemented successfully, it can serve as a model to regulate other types of invasive species in other ecosystems.

Keywords: active forest management, invasive species, legislation, forests, trees

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Broughton, Maggie, Save the Trees: A Legislative Proposal to Mandate Active Forest Management to Save Forests from Invasive Species (September 19, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3456807

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