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.


How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How toxic lead fragments follow wildlife from wilderness onto our dinner plates.
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
Where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risks.
The dog turds lurking on our trails
The dog turds lurking on our trails
A poop awareness campaign unleashed a lot of anger — some of it unexpected.
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
A banjo-playing Democrat and a tech-industry Republican are fighting to fill Ryan Zinke’s spot.
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
A banjo-playing Democrat and a tech-industry Republican are fighting to fill Ryan Zinke’s spot.
Standing Rock is history repeating itself
Standing Rock is history repeating itself
We need to come to terms with our past and present treatment of tribes.
If Colorado wants the Outdoor Retailer show, it should earn it
If Colorado wants the Outdoor Retailer show, it should earn it
Big Rec wants to make a statement. Staying out of Colorado would be a strong one.
Don’t squander your daylight savings
Don’t squander your daylight savings
A writer takes a stand against daylight saving time and argues you should, too.
We’re ignoring a major factor in the immigration debate
We’re ignoring a major factor in the immigration debate
Climate change is exacerbating illegal immigration.
Montana legislature grapples with sexual violence
Montana legislature grapples with sexual violence
After a university scandal, Senate Bill 29 could change how rapes are prosecuted.
The dramatic changes in our planting zones
The dramatic changes in our planting zones
Early blooms and cold snaps turn gardeners’ lives on end.
When crossing the border is your daily commute
When crossing the border is your daily commute
A day in the life of agricultural laborers whose work and lives straddle the Arizona-Mexican border.
Life lessons from sheep
Life lessons from sheep
It’s not all ‘follow the leader.’
An ethicist’s guide to hunting
An ethicist’s guide to hunting
In an interview, writer and hunter David Petersen says the practice makes us human.
Why conservatives should fight for Obama’s methane rules
Why conservatives should fight for Obama’s methane rules
Waste is not a conservative ideal.
Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner
Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner
Reflections on a seminal Western author, years after his death.
When the power of protest works
When the power of protest works
Organized dissent helped kill Rep. Chaffetz’s public-lands transfer bill.
Make America sane again: Impeach Trump
Make America sane again: Impeach Trump
An argument for getting Donald Trump out of the White House.
Where wildlife is up against the wall
Where wildlife is up against the wall
Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would devastate migrating animals.
A place for artists on public lands
A place for artists on public lands
The connection between art and the American landscape offers new ways to advocate for lands.