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.


When Christmas was all about hard times and a little frolicking
What I learned from 30 years with the Forest Service
Enough is enough at the Glen Canyon Recreation Area
Vigiling with Dad
Vigiling with Dad
Is Las Vegas betting the Colorado River will go dry?
The burden of being different
The burden of being different
North Dakota, our official energy-sacrifice zone
Little sympathy for the deerly departed
Little sympathy for the deerly departed
Nevada wilderness bill is wilderness in name only
Don’t think of the Keystone oil pipeline as inevitable
Talking with kids about grizzlies
Talking with kids about grizzlies
A volunteer educator reflects on teaching kids about conservation, and learning from them.
Relearning history in all its complexity
Giving thanks and looking forward
Giving thanks and looking forward
We can do our part to defuse the West
We can do our part to defuse the West
Just call John Hickenlooper the Silver Fox
Just call John Hickenlooper the Silver Fox
Colorado can boast it was the cradle of wilderness
Not another “ghost river,” please
Not another “ghost river,” please
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Let people take all the images they want in wilderness areas.
Tar sands mining, up front and grotesque
Tar sands mining, up front and grotesque
The push is on to “take back” public lands