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.


Food stamps and me
Food stamps and me
Agriculture needs to back up
Agriculture needs to back up
Charlie Hebdo has the last laugh
Charlie Hebdo has the last laugh
A cartoonist tells us why mockery wins
Climate change activism needs anybody
Climate change activism needs anybody
Neighbors find common ground in fighting global warming
Perseverance pays off for the Rocky Mountain Front
Perseverance pays off for the Rocky Mountain Front
A 37-year crusade ends in new protections
Salmon ground is holy ground
Salmon ground is holy ground
Aquifer recharging can help stanch drought
Aquifer recharging can help stanch drought
Oregon is successfully capturing runoff to underground storage.
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