Earlier on this issue in The Wildlife News.

Newport, Oregon. Several tones of oceanic species foreign to Oregon waters were removed from the 150 ton derelict dock, burned and buried.  However, because of the concentration of creatures it is more likely than usual that survivors will find mates and infest Oregon waters.

There is now a debate over what to do with the dock sitting on the beach. Is it an eyesore or a tourist attraction?  In the last week, it has clearly been the latter with thousands coming to see it.  The state might wait until more trash from the tsunami washes up before they clean the popular beach area.

More on this Thousands flock to see tsunami dock on Oregon beach. Seattle Times. Jeff Bernard. AP
OSU scientists feel a ‘cast of very bad characters’ may have arrived on dock from Japan.  By Lori Tobias,  The Oregonian

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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June 2012


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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