Our thanks to NMCN site content contributor Marc Smith and our friends over at the Great Lakes office of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for passing on this link.
While the nation continues to ratchet up the gun rights debate and the battle lines appear to be drawn now on the wolf management issue here in Michigan, Asian carp continue their advance toward the Great Lakes basin.
This is not to suggest that gun rights and wolf management are not important issues, but just two more in the ever-growing list of emerging regional and national priorities which result in the continued kicking of the “carp can down the road.” However legitimate, when these distractions are combined with the Asian carp fatigue which appears to be setting in even among those who understand the magnitude of the potential problem, the once unfathomable now seems inevitable.
The timeline map which has been prepared by NWF provides a chilling demonstration of the advance of Asian carp from 1975 to 2011. To learn more about NWF’s efforts to stop the invasion, please click here.
If the hyperlink fails, here’s the address of the NWF map timeline: