The South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho managed by the BLM. Imagine if, instead of it being protected, this popular stretch was lined by trophy homes and/or turned into a water park.  As Newcomb notes, unimpaired places always demonstrate their higher intangible value over time. And once they are gone you can't get them back.  Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management
The South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho managed by the BLM. Imagine if, instead of it being protected, this popular stretch was lined by trophy homes and/or turned into a water park. As Newcomb notes, unimpaired places always demonstrate their higher intangible value over time. And once they are gone you can't get them back. Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management