I live near a Lake Champlain in the northeastern U.S. The lake has various “nuisance” species such as lampreys, zebra mussels, and Eurasian milfoil. These are not native to this ecosystem but have been introduced by human activity. The government spends a great deal of money on control measures for these species—mechanical, biological, and chemical—such as applying TFM (3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol) to tributaries to kill lamprey larvae.As I understand the message of Ishmael, these measures should be discouraged because they are based on the view that humans should be in control of what plants and animals live in the lake. That is, that we decide how the ecosystem should function and attempt to align it with our ideals. Based on my study of your work I conclude we should leave the lake to evolve with the new species, but I have a kernel of doubt about my conclusion since humans were responsible for the ecosystem being changed in the first place. Can you share your thoughts on this?
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