16. Resource Extraction and Land Preservation – Long Term Strategy

As an option of last resort, and in exchange for government approval for private industry (mining, timber, etc.) to virtually rape the land (complete topographic alteration), the holders of those lands must turn over permanent, unrestricted ownership of those lands to the government as soon as their private activities have ended. Such lands could then be protected by introduction into the National Park System or other government land management programs for conservation or preservation or could be used for whatever other purpose the government decides is beneficial.

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