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The River of the Mother of God, Conservation Economics Essay

Aldo Leopold

This book does not challenge the purchase of public lands for conservation, but does challenge the growing assumption that bigger buying is a substitute for private conservation practice. It argues that bigger buying is serving as an escape-mechanism, masking the failure to solve the harder problem. The geographic cards are stacked against its ultimate success. In the long run it is exactly as effective as buying half an umbrella.

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