Brian Seasholes, is a founder and scholar at the Center for Private Conservation in Washington, D.C. The Center is known for its published studies of private conservation and Annual Private Conservation Day. This year the April 13 event was celebrated at Natural Bridge, Virginia, which was purchased by Thomas Jefferson from King George in 1774 and has been preserved in private hands to this day.
Mr. Seasholes wrote recently, "Over the past forty years, the southern African region, and Zimbabwe in particular, has been the world leader in creating property rights to wildlife. The result has been spectacular. Landowners, able to benefit economically from wildlife, conserve it, whereas previously they destroyed it because it competed with cattle and crops the only forms of land use from which they could earn income."
"The current disaster in Zimbabwe is a sobering reminder of the need for a government that respects property rights. Not many people in the U.S. know about the southern Africa success story of creating property rights to wildlife, but they need to...because it is diametrically opposed to the system of state wildlife ownership that still persists in the U.S.," Mr. Seasholes observed.
Mr. Seasholes was formerly a policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., where he was known for his expertise in a number of areas related to private property rights. His travels to Africa enabled him to write extensively about private conservation there.