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.


An argument against internet access in parks
An argument against internet access in parks
Tethered by their devices, “younglings” of today don’t want to camp.
How this year’s general election repeats history
How this year’s general election repeats history
The messy 2016 presidential election echoes deeply flawed candidates of the past.
Lessons from the fire line
Lessons from the fire line
Reminiscing on a half-century in the forest.
Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world
Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world
A group of Oregonians searches for the disappearing Franklin’s bee.
If you can’t beat the weeds, eat them
If you can’t beat the weeds, eat them
How nature — and marmots — thwarted a plan for an urban garden.
Can a Montana community run its own forest?
Can a Montana community run its own forest?
Local citizens collaborate to restore, protect, and utilize Alvord Lake.
Defense bill threatens sage grouse survival
Defense bill threatens sage grouse survival
A sneaky amendment would block protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Rural Colorado can’t afford to lose more water to Denver
Rural Colorado can’t afford to lose more water to Denver
Is diverting water through the Gross Dam-Moffat Tunnel project still necessary?
What every hiker should know (by now)
What every hiker should know (by now)
In the Grand Canyon, pack in some common sense.
The new Malheur occupants: Grazing cattle
The new Malheur occupants: Grazing cattle
The Bundy clan may be in jail, but ranchers continue to take advantage of the refuge.
Tribes band together to fight an oil pipeline
Tribes band together to fight an oil pipeline
The Standing Sioux protest in North Dakota reverberates around the world.
In Northern New Mexico, a piñon-nut culture is vanishing
In Northern New Mexico, a piñon-nut culture is vanishing
A warming climate hits piñon pines — and the community that harvests them.
Consider the vole, endangered and adorable
Consider the vole, endangered and adorable
How a collective effort is protecting one of the most endangered mammals in the nation.
Biking bill is a smokescreen for opening up wilderness
An electric-power giant is poised to fail
An electric-power giant is poised to fail
A radical change could be coming to the way electric co-ops across the country do business.
Salmon supporters win again in court
Salmon supporters win again in court
Washington will have to fix up culverts that block fish passage.
Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Can lessons from ecology offer a way to find common ground in our polarized nation?
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Industrial tourism has transformed the town. Bears Ears doesn’t have to suffer the same fate.
Have farmers markets been spoiled by their own success?
Why does the outdoor recreation community ignore horseback riders?
Why does the outdoor recreation community ignore horseback riders?
We love and make use of our public lands, but we get no respect.