Property Rights Are Crucial to Protecting Our Environment

Tule elk and cattle graze together at the D Ranch pasture in Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif., in 2015. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
While they’ve long been recognized as a guarantor of individual liberty, it’s time we acknowledged the vital role they can also play in conservation.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N ature is inherently valuable, and preserving it is inherently conservative. We need trees and wetlands to protect us from floods. We need water to drink. We need fertile soil to grow crops. Conservatives have long understood this, and have taken steps to treat our invaluable natural environment right.

From Nixon’s EPA to George H.W. Bush’s Clean Air Act, conservatives have a rich history of environmental stewardship. Despite these wins, of course, there is still a long way to go for those who wish to protect the environment. And an under-discussed solution to many of our most persistent environmental problems fits perfectly

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