Mind you, we’re not talking about national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, or BLM land. The “public lands,” as westerners understand that term, comprise some 650 million acres, a third of America, mostly in the West, and are fairly well mapped.…

"...embracing private property rights, as free market environmentalists have long advocated, can provide real, permanent conservation. Buying sensitive habitats, procuring conservation easements and giving landowners financial incentives to be better stewards insulate conservation from shifting political winds. It also encourages…