Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up. Got a beef with beef? An experience that changed your mind about the American West? Writers from the region tell their story in 750 words. Op eds are syndicated to 50-plus papers, and they also appear here, on the HCN website. For more information, contact Writers on the Range editor, Betsy Marston: betsym at hcn.org.


A new and more dangerous Sagebrush Rebellion
It's been a deadly winter for backcountry fun
It's been a deadly winter for backcountry fun
What would it take to keep snowmobilers and others safe in avalanche terrain?
The many faces of snow
The many faces of snow
Praying monks, cold smoke, hoarfrost and rime.
The surprising history of the Malheur wildlife refuge
The surprising history of the Malheur wildlife refuge
The refuge's creation helped support nearby ranchers.
Rep. Rob Bishop is chipping away at Theodore Roosevelt's legacy
Want public access to private land? There’s an app for that.
What if the Grand Canyon were private? An alternate future for the park.
Modern sagebrush rebels recycle old Western fantasies
A place where bears own the right of way
A place where bears own the right of way
The folly of “taking back” the West
The folly of “taking back” the West
Justice in the West has a double standard for protesters
Sieges like the Oregon standoff turn the rural West into a political stage
I have a lot in common with the Bundys. Here's what I'd like to say to them.
I send my toddler to school outside. You should, too.
Don't delist: Yellowstone grizzlies still need federal protection
PZP: Where hope, science and mustangs meet
PZP: Where hope, science and mustangs meet
The obscure music where wild animals sing from the heart
In Idaho, rancher buyouts take a big step forward
In Idaho, rancher buyouts take a big step forward
Western nativism has a rotten odor
Locavores aren’t loved by everybody
Locavores aren’t loved by everybody