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 Western lesson from Cecil the lion: trophy seekers aren't hunters
Idaho and BLM flout conservation laws for fallen officers
The nature of fire has dramatically changed
The nature of fire has dramatically changed
Without national support, rural radio stations face an uncertain future
How Utah benefits from the national parks it neglects
Former Montana official: Coal companies must pay their fair share
Why is bad science protecting the Lower Snake River dams?
Lessons from the Animas River: dig first, clean up later
Filling an empty nest with chickens
Filling an empty nest with chickens
Powder River Basin coal is fast becoming a “stranded asset”
The desert doesn’t need this “City”
The desert doesn’t need this “City”
It’s time to end Custer worship
It’s time to end Custer worship
A Montanan faces up to the West's own history of racism.
When pronghorns are a memory and sage-grouse exist only in videos
A fall from grace in the wrong place
A fall from grace in the wrong place
Why all of Indian country is fighting a new Montana oil well
Arizona congressman: We need new energy policy, now
Memories from the gear shed
Memories from the gear shed
On crossing the border, writing novels and mangos
Obama’s clean water rule won’t protect the West’s water
Stop the rock-stacking
Stop the rock-stacking
A writer calls for an end to cairns.