If the government takes the National Butterfly Center for the border wall, it will have to pay just compensation to the private owner.
Conservation easements are an increasingly important tool for protecting the environment.
No matter the intentions behind environmental regulation, it ultimately suffers the same shortcomings that other forms of government regulation do.
Allowing more forest decisions to be governed by property rights rather than bureaucracy could help environmentalists better protect them.
Charging visitors more could help cut crowds and provide funds to trim the National Park Service's maintenance backlog.
Instead of counterproductive regulations, we need more creativity, partnerships, and positive incentives to preserve and restore habitat.