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.


Meet me tonight in (the West’s) Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in (the West’s) Atlantic City
The rugged Old West meets New West in a tiny Wyoming town.
What to do if you live in a wildfire zone
What to do if you live in a wildfire zone
Homeowners can protect themselves and their neighbors.
Inside a ‘drive-thru wildlife park’
Inside a ‘drive-thru wildlife park’
In eastern Idaho, Bear World takes the wild out of bears.
Life between one wildfire and the next
Life between one wildfire and the next
The climate-change train is out of control. What’s a fire-prone small town to do?
Wild spaces define who we are as Americans
Wild spaces define who we are as Americans
A veteran explains why public lands are what he fought to protect.
As the Great Plains disappear, a path to better farming
As the Great Plains disappear, a path to better farming
Since 2009, an area the size of Kansas has been converted to crops.
The difference between hunting and killing
The difference between hunting and killing
A writer recalls two contrasting experiences with so-called hunters.
Giant Sequoia is a monument to why we need monuments
Giant Sequoia is a monument to why we need monuments
With few original trees left, the area exemplifies the need for protection.
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
Different interests must align for a successful restoration.
Let the floodgates of protest open over Bears Ears
Let the floodgates of protest open over Bears Ears
96 percent of public comments defend national monuments.
Don’t fear wolves and grizzlies — respect them.
Don’t fear wolves and grizzlies — respect them.
Predators continue to be shot in the West despite their known ecological value.
6 tips for authentic Western home decor
6 tips for authentic Western home decor
“No trespassing” signs, broken-down machinery and old stacked tires are a must-have.
Why the next generation needs public lands
Why the next generation needs public lands
Experiences in the wilderness are crucial for troubled youth.
Archaeologists are the last line of defense against destruction
Archaeologists are the last line of defense against destruction
You never know what you’ll find with a ‘detective of the land.’
Trump is dangerously beyond climate denial
Trump is dangerously beyond climate denial
He and his administration are dismantling the tools for studying climate change.
I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
A miscreant is littering. What’s the Priestess to do then?
Trump’s loyalty to coal is bad for taxpayers
Trump’s loyalty to coal is bad for taxpayers
A Colorado mine is an example of industry benefiting at the public’s expense.
‘This Glock belongs to a friend’
‘This Glock belongs to a friend’
What’s the protocol for holding onto a depressed person’s gun?
Good management starts with science
Good management starts with science
Should decisions on wildlife be made at the ballot box — or by experts?
Despite what the Trump administration says, coal is out
Despite what the Trump administration says, coal is out
The energy transition is happening now and will only continue.
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