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.


Last ride for the West’s iconic trains?
Last ride for the West’s iconic trains?
Trump’s budget would make it harder for Westerners to ride the rail.
My front seat view of climate change in California
My front seat view of climate change in California
Wildfire, heavy rains and flooding seem to be increasing in ferocity.
Why the West can learn from East Africa
Why the West can learn from East Africa
Reflecting on wildlife conservation in Kenya and at home.
How to make the People’s Climate March matter
How to make the People’s Climate March matter
Political protest works best with prolonged effort.
People are grizzly food — and that’s OK
People are grizzly food — and that’s OK
Our species can still get schooled on the food chain.
Why we need methane rules
Why we need methane rules
I worked in the oil and gas industry. Volunteer emission controls don’t work.
Why I’m cheering golf’s steep decline
Why I’m cheering golf’s steep decline
Thank millennials and a poor economy for the sport’s falling popularity.
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
A community in gridlock over the monument’s future.
California isn’t accounting for this major emitter
California isn’t accounting for this major emitter
Even though large reservoirs emit methane, the state doesn’t off-set their impact.
What happens when all the animals are gone?
What happens when all the animals are gone?
We are heading for a time when wildlife no longer exists.
How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
On issues of industrial recreation, green groups say too little.
Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
In Yuma, Arizona, agriculture has embraced technology to increase yield.
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.
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