Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up.


This race of lemmings built power plants
Electrical utilities, water agencies, gas companies, nuclear reactor builders and multinational oil giants all share a volatile and difficult future.
Fishing bridge must be destroyed
Since 1976, biologists have attributed 90 percent of Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bear mortality to Fishing Bridge, which contains a 308-unit campground and a 358-unit recreational vehicle park.
A feudal mentality holds back the West
Unless the trashing and privatization stops, the intermountain Rockies will never escape their feudal social and economic situation. Those who now control the land and the land managers don't have a glimmer of how to lead the region out of its downward slide.
Environmental leaders stand up for orthodoxy
Things are grim if you identify the vigor of the environmental movement with the major groups -- but they are not the movement.
A rancher argues cattle grazing helps everyone
Many people misunderstand the role of the rancher who grazes cattle or sheep on public land.
Wildlife is preyed on by cattle and sheep
The desert grasslands of southern Idaho once supported a vast population of antelope, buffalo, deer, elk, moose, grizzly bear and wolves before settlers moved in during the 1840s. Where is all the wildlife today?
BLM's grazing program is a national scandal
A mere 2 percent of the nation's cattle are consuming the Western public lands that belong to all Americans. So abused are these lands that many millions of acres are only one-tenth as productive as in pre-settlement times.
The life and death of Rocky Mountain towns
Sadly for both the towns and for progressive editors, the times are changing much faster in these towns than the local cultures. It is highly unlikely that these cultures can adapt, even though their survival is at stake.
How will Indians use their water?
The only way the Indian tribes can guarantee posterity is to protect and preserve their lands from despoliation, which will require conservation of their water resources.
A BLM employee's cry of rage
Sometimes it seems that the BLM purposely chooses the worst possible field management, or no management whatsoever, in an attempt to attract public attention.
1080 may hasten the sheep industry's death
If compound 1080 again comes into wide use, the inevitable abuses that will follow could mean the end of livestock grazing on public lands.
Can wilderness be saved from Vibram soles?
Trends in visitor use, lackadaisical management, shoestring funding levels and political motivations have all contributed to a failure to control overuse.
Grand Junction ran a high gold fever
The people living through western Colorado's energy boom and bust over the last five years are still bewildered. Most say it was a period of heady euphoria followed by thousands of personal tragedies that stunned the region.
Indians and environmentalists drift apart
The Navajo Tribe's decision to build another mammoth coal-fired plant in the Four Corners area is a hard blow to what has been a natural alliance.
A proposed 35-million-acre land swap is shrouded in confusion
Some conservationists think the land swap is designed to benefit mining and drilling companies. But industry, perhaps because it's been burned by earlier administration initiatives, is not speaking strongly in support.
Forest Service survives very well
The Bridger-Teton National Forest personnel is fairly and competently administering this forest according to the will of the people, as expressed by the Congress of the United States.
What do environmentalists really want?
What this one wants is to live in a time when no one feels the need to use the word "environmentalist."
What do environmentalists really want?
After working as a professional environmentalist for over ten years, I have come to the conclusion that environmentalists don't know what they want. They certainly know what they don't want, but what they think they want instead often turns out to be worse than what they've got.
Can the Forest Service survive?
Several months ago, we asked: Can the Forest Service be reformed? Now, after seeing that the agency can't even get along with the Wyoming delegation, we ask: Can the Forest Service survive?
What do environmentalists really want?
I believe that conservationists -- and other public lands users -- can and should pay their fair share.
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