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Small-scale findings have reduced the probability of addressing broad-scale ecosystems. As stated by Jackson et al. Another approach is to accept a 'less than total' understanding of ecosystems—sacrifice a level of precision, quality,and completeness of evidence collected—and to employ an 'adaptive management' perspective. Based on the assumption that the system is chronically changing, and that our knowledge of the system is chronically changing, one must be open to new ideas and tinkering with the system of study, followed by revision or overhaul of management plans.

California’s Fading Wildflowers: Lost Legacy and Biological Invasions by Richard A. Minnich

View all 4 comments. Nov 12, Scott Klemm rated it really liked it. Ascertaining the pre-Hispanic herbaceous vegetation is no easy task due to the imprecise and unscientific language used in the descriptions.

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The mandate from the viceroy of Mexico was to note the resources in the newly discovered lands such as pasture, fuel and timber. The imprecise Spanish words most frequently used were pasto and zacate. For example, the early explorers encountered pronghorn antelope as far south as San Diego. There were even a couple mentions of wolves no longer found in the state.

The cattle introduced by the Spaniards became wild. When a ship docked on the coast seeking hides and tallow, the cattle had to be hunted down much like deer or elk.

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I was also surprised that the horse thievery by Indians was mostly for food, although one reference mentions Indians riding horses as early as In regards to the invasion of alien plants, mission bricks were used to glean information about how early certain invasive species were found. Adobe bricks that were dissolved in water left plant material to study. The earliest alien plants were mostly filaree, black mustard and wild oats followed by bromes grasses. I was a little disappointed that some other commonly seen invasive plants in southern California such as tree tobacco South America , castor bean Africa and horehound Europe were not mentioned at all.

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