TIME.COM, Feb. 4, 2016 – Conservationists and landowners must work together.
It didn’t have to happen. One dead, eight in jail, hundreds of thousands of dollars gone to waste—and the root of the problem in Oregon, and indeed the entire West, has not been addressed. The standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was a consequence of the recent history of environmental lawsuits. Rather than setting up adversarial relationships by punishing landowners, we must engage them and establish incentives for their good stewardship of the land.

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Dr. Edward M. Warner is the author of Running with Rhinos