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 journalism, past fear-mongering
A new journalism, past fear-mongering
Reporting solutions is a form of resistance in its own right.
How to fix exclusive resort towns
How to fix exclusive resort towns
It’s time to rethink urbanization in mountain communities.
A showdown at Standing Rock is coming
A showdown at Standing Rock is coming
Army Corps orders evacuation, but support for protesters swells.
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Will laid-off energy workers get their jobs back? No. Regulations have nothing to do with this bust.
An interloper’s eye-opening Thanksgiving
An interloper’s eye-opening Thanksgiving
A city dweller recounts a holiday spent with a Native American family.
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
It may be the Park Service’s 100th year, but these policies have done a lot for open space.
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
To avert the worst climate change impacts, old forests and their massive carbon reserves must be protected.
In a divided town, what to do after a polarizing election
In a divided town, what to do after a polarizing election
If you were shocked by the election results, you should step outside of your silo.
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
It’s high time for a crash course in federalism and representative democracy.
The case against condors in Hells Canyon
The case against condors in Hells Canyon
Researchers contemplate introducing the endangered bird in Oregon— but why meddle?
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
A landmark within the proposed Bears Ears Monument was sold to private interests.
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Lawyers “aimed too high” for a conspiracy charge—and lost it all.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
Maintenance issues abound, a new Civilian Conservation Corps could lend a hand.
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
Silt and erosion threaten to clog up the enduring structure.
Should we accept invasive species that don’t cause harm?
Should we accept invasive species that don’t cause harm?
Amid a national immigration debate, the collared dove raises questions about acceptance.
Which way? A new approach to navigating the Pacific Crest Trail
Which way? A new approach to navigating the Pacific Crest Trail
Thru-hikers can stay on the hugely popular trail with a cellphone app.
Getting over the ‘taboo’ in a gun-rights conversation
Getting over the ‘taboo’ in a gun-rights conversation
In Montana, the gap between gun rights supporters and opponents begins to shrink.
Trekking across Colorado’s fragmented wildernesses
Trekking across Colorado’s fragmented wildernesses
Thru-hiking the Colorado Trail exposes a “wilderness” that is anything but.
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Wastewater inundation causes a commotion in South Dakota.
It’s time to come to terms with euthanizing wild horses
It’s time to come to terms with euthanizing wild horses
The wild horse and burro debate in the West has devolved to knee-jerk rancor.