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.


Sometimes, the West must be protected from itself
Sometimes, the West must be protected from itself
Today, we need to listen more carefully than ever to the ideas of Western historian, Bernard DeVoto.
Outdoor outfitters can’t stay quiet on climate change
Outdoor outfitters can’t stay quiet on climate change
The industry is short-changing millions of visitors at a time when dialogue is needed.
Let’s be clear: TSA’s new tactics are bribery
Let’s be clear: TSA’s new tactics are bribery
A new program lets you cut in line at security, for a fee.
How Leonard Peltier has unjustly spent forty years in prison — and why it’s time to change that
Federal coal leasing needs a major overhaul
Federal coal leasing needs a major overhaul
There’s no Brexit from our climate problems
There’s no Brexit from our climate problems
A rant against the mindless pleasure of simply smashing something to see what happens.
In this season of potential megaburns, nix the campfire
We should be proud of delisting grizzlies
We should be proud of delisting grizzlies
The bear is a huge conservation success story, and it shows that the Endangered Species Act works.
Why is an Estonian energy giant trying to revive failed Utah oil dreams?
Why is an Estonian energy giant trying to revive failed Utah oil dreams?
There’s a new proposal to extract oil from shale, at great cost to the Colorado River Basin.
Wildfire in the West has become an uncontrollable force
Wildfire in the West has become an uncontrollable force
A former fire dispatcher says last year’s fire season pushed firefighters to the edge.
Homegrown anti-government militias threaten public safety
The Park Service doesn’t need corporate sponsorship. It needs proper funding.
How scary was Alaska’s early spring?
How scary was Alaska’s early spring?
Very.
Don’t just save the Grand Canyon. Save the wider region, too.
Go ahead, control my guns
Go ahead, control my guns
A bow-hunter talks gun regulation.
It’s time to put a price on carbon
It’s time to put a price on carbon
The United States should set a persuasive example for the rest of the world.
Why is logging dying? Blame the market.
Why is logging dying? Blame the market.
Environmental regulations and endangered species protections are not at fault for Western logging’s decline.
I’m thinking of naming my dog Obamacare
I’m thinking of naming my dog Obamacare
Just imagine the possibilities!
How the West nurtured eco-minded agriculture
How the West nurtured eco-minded agriculture
The ranchers of the Western Plains’ shortgrass prairie started a movement to find a less destructive way to farm.
Keep ranchers on the land, and the land stays open
Keep ranchers on the land, and the land stays open
Want to keep those wide-open spaces? Pick ranching over development.