Many policies motivate American property law but prominent among them is the historical push to use and develop land. The creation and enforcement of easements, for example, favor the development of land while disfavoring parties that allow land to remain "idle." While critical in the country's infancy, encouraging land use and development through legal constructs is less important and arguably detrimental now. Americans' need to develop wide swaths of wild land has changed; their common law has not. Part I explores the vast wilderness and open spaces of America's infancy and how state and federal government articulated a clear objective to settle and develop "wild lands." Part II tracks the continuing influence of this objective in implied easements, prescriptive easements, and express easements. Part III recognizes the lack of a conservation counterbalance and details several approaches that might curb pro-development bias in easement law.