Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up.


Forest Service skips a chance to do things right
Rather than take an honest, in-depth look at the trails and roads on its land, Sarah Peters says the Forest Service took the easy way out.
A tale of heartbreakin' and asskickin'
Walt Gasson deeply loved a mule, but that mule tragically broke his heart – not to mention several of his bones.
Time to reform and repair
Paul Larmer reminds us that it will take more than a single environmental hero – like Tim DeChristopher, who cleverly sabotaged a BLM energy-lease auction – to reform the agency.
The wild we take for granted
The wild we take for granted
Delight in the animals and places that are close to home but often ignored by us.
Hunting is the ultimate do-it-yourself experience
Hunting is the ultimate do-it-yourself experience
Connecting with the family's food.
Obama picks a moderate
Obama picks a moderate
Some are disappointed, but Rocky Barker thinks Ken Salazar is a good choice to head Interior.
The only thing we have to fear …
The only thing we have to fear …
Refusing to despair despite the impacts of the economic downturn on a small Oregon town.
You better watch out, that's for sure
Jaime O'Neill takes a sardonic look at the psychology behind Christmas carols like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
This is the time to make land management make sense
Ed Quillen has suggestions for how to fix the West by consolidating the federal land agencies and charging people to build in Stupid Zones.
Forest Service morale sinks to a new low
In the last eight years under Bush, morale – and efficiency – at the Forest Service has plummeted.
The Bush legacy: It's not all bad
This special issue takes a close look at the Bush administration's environmental policies and considers what can be done to repair the damage.
The perfect imperfect Christmas tree
The perfect imperfect Christmas tree
Firs with missing limbs, stunted bonsai pines or spruces chewed by porcupines -- I'll take them.
Lessons from the mighty Maya
Lessons from the mighty Maya
Modern-day Americans could learn a lesson from the collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Here comes change
Here comes change
Learning from an elderly Navajo woman with an intimate, lifelong connection to the land.
Stream access wins decisively in Montana
Stream access wins decisively in Montana
A new ruling prevents landowners from privatizing public waterways.
It's time for a ceasefire on guns
Hal Herring believes that Democrats should give up on gun control, not just for the sake of politics but because it’s the right thing to do.
Birds of a feather
Dave Schweppe and Tam Scott, friends for 30 years, hunt upland game birds every year in the shortgrass prairie of northeastern Montana.
Congratulations, Theo
Paonia scientist Theo Colborn wins a prestigious international prize, the 2008 Goteborg Award, for her work on endocrine disruption.
Fruit of the land
High Country News writers look for querencia – the physical place that gives one strength – in prehistoric (and contemporary) Indian pueblos, in gardens tended by recovering addicts, and in a now-lost family farm.
How to survive the lean times
How to survive the lean times
Her brush with homelessness gives Jane Goetze the background to offer some wry advice.
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