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Commentary: Exploring the connection between invasives and climate change

Phragmites, purple loosestrife, cheat grass, EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease), pythons in the southeast, Lone Star ticks (pictured here) in the Midwest and growing populations of smallmouth bass in Rocky Mountain trout streams are all invasives making ever greater in-roads thanks to an assist from the altered precipitation and temperature regimes that are providing a welcome mat. (Stock photo)

Here are two largely accepted premises.
• First, most conservationists and environmentalists will agree that climate change is a threat to fish, wildlife, and habitat.
• Second, most conservationists and environmentalists will agree that invasive species are a problem for fish, wildlife, and habitat (albeit not as existential as extreme heat, drought, severe storms, or ocean/lake/reservoir/river and stream warming).
Perhaps under-appreciated is that invasive species are, in large measure, a biotic manifestation of the changing precipitation and warming.

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