Conservation & conservatism

Commenters on yesterday’s post about Environmentalism as the new socialism cited the need to articulate a conservative alternative to the radical environmentalists’ stance towards nature. We should recall that conservatives were among the first to advocate what used to be called “conservation.” Conservatives also are the ones who want to “conserve” our heritage, so surely that should include our natural heritage. So what should conservatives do to reclaim this issue and in a way preferable to what the left is doing with their apocalyptic nature-worship?