In order to protect their property values, landowners in North Carolina are clearcutting their land. If that seems silly to you, know that you aren’t alone. Apparently, their plan is to make the land unsuitable for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. The town is considering instituting a moratorium on land-clearing permits, and the feds are pointing out that even if the land were designated as protected habitat, it would still be possible to build, and indeed trees with nests in them could still be cut down under some circumstances.
Personally, I’d rather buy land that I knew would be kept wild, and knowing that a rare woodpecker was around would increase the value of a piece of property. These people are being shortsighted and foolish.