clillation to take care of their wealth-producing resources, because\r\nthat which is cou.sened toda\\- will \\ield profit tomorrow.\r\nConser\\ation becomes a matter of self-interest.\r\nThe long-term results of private ownership are seen in the\r\nlarge tracts of open space and wildlife habitat in England and\r\nScotland. These oases of bcauh' and unspoiled nature endure\r\nbecause of the prachcc of "enclosure" —fencing in order to exclude\r\nthe poor and their herd animals, whose growing number\r\nonce threatened to devastate field and forest. The 19th-centur\\-\r\nEnclosure Acts confirmed htlc in the ruthless acquisihons of\r\nearlier centuries. Private ownership of large tracts fosters conscr\\\r\nation because only a portion of die land is needed for subsistence\r\nor profit. 'Hie contrast w itii \\er\\' small plots, culti\\ated\r\nlot-line to lot-line, where e\\er\\ tree competes with higlicr-\\alued\r\ncrops, appears worldwide.\r\nShares shrink when the goal of eqnalih' forces die redistribution\r\nof wealth. The shrinkage is hpicalh' mitigated b\\' cm ironmental\r\nexploitahon. Explore (read; drill) for oil in the Arctic\r\nNational Wildlife Refuge! Open tracks of rainforest for settlement!\r\nThe "needs" of people trump eii\\ iroiimcntal goals.\r\nNow, I do not think that caribou are harmed bv prospechng\r\non a patch the size of a football field. But environmentalists disagree.\r\nIn a face-off with what people can demand through the\r\nballot box, conservation loses,...

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