Continuing incentive payments will benefit wild horses, public rangelands, and taxpayers—a first step toward reining in the problem.
The sooner government policy can make rare species an asset rather than a liability for private citizens, the better the prospects will be for the butterfly and other imperiled species.
As recreation and conservation funding realities evolve in the 21st century, public funding streams should evolve along with them.
Creating a greater role for the private sector will spur innovation and more effective environmental solutions.
The delays and expense associated with an overly bureaucratic process pose real environmental costs.