The federal government should embrace state experimentation to protect the Utah prairie dog and other endangered species.
Sticks can be effective at discouraging activity, but spurring action requires a carrot.
The Endangered Species Act creates lots of work for lawyers and bureaucrats, but measured by the criteria it announces as the goal—recovering species—it hasn’t worked.
Instead of counterproductive regulations, we need more creativity, partnerships, and positive incentives to preserve and restore habitat.
If preserving the species is the goal, free markets and property rights can succeed where regulation and wishful thinking have failed.
How property rights are an effective means for conserving and recovering endangered species.