The tale of the human race is one of mistakes I suppose. Humans, along with some other animals have the ability to learn from experience, and making mistakes is perhaps the first step of the process. In fact, it’s amazing we’ve made it this far.
Iceplant was introduced to Anacapa Island in the 1940s and 50s, to aid in landscaping and to protect against erosion. It gradually took over the land area, reducing the diversity of native vegetation, and thus the food sources for native animals. At some point, a need for intervention was felt, and the authorities are now working on getting rid of the iceplant and restoring the native flora.