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Private stewardship and markets play a critical role in land and natural resource conservation. Much of America's land and other natural resources have suffered because government ownership encourages mismanagement and overuse, because no individual has a long-term stake in protecting resources owned in common. In addition, public lands are managed based on political priorities that often produce misguided political management decisions. Examples include the devastation caused by uncontrolled forest fires, overgrazing, and destruction of species and habitat.