By Gordon Smith (June 13, 2019, 2:09 PM EDT) -- What happens when a regulatory agency isn't interested in protecting a vital coastal seaweed that forms the base of an entire marine ecosystem? In the case of Ross v. Acadian Seaplants Ltd., recently decided by the Maine Supreme Court, conservation-minded landowners turned to private property rights for environmental protection where the regulatory state had fallen short. Ross is an example of concerned landowners looking to property law and land stewardship to counteract the "tragedy of the commons" that can arise when resources are publicly owned but not adequately regulated.
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