The Grass Is Looking Greener For Landowners

Brandt Child had a grand vision for the 450-acre tract he bought two years ago in southern Utah, just outside Kanab. The retired developer hoped to convert the lake property into a recreational oasis, complete with campgrounds, a golf course, and a water-slide park. But last year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service dashed his dreams. The agency had discovered that the land is home to the rare Kanab amber snail, which is protected by the Endangered Species Act. The law would impose a fine of as much as $25,000 for each snail killed by the humans and horses that Child wanted to lure to his grounds. "It's cheaper for everybody to shoot the game warden," the 64-year-old Child jokes.

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