Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up.


A bias toward the public land
We aren't wholly controlled by economic and scientific laws. There are spiritual values that people have and share and that they sometimes act to preserve.
Colorado's bottle battle
Colorado considers a "bottle bill" like those that have deceased littering in other states.
'Privatizing' the commonweal
After weeks of secrecy, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management revealed a list of more than 4.3 million acres of public land that may be sold to reduce the national debt.
It's a woman's world
Along with a gradual shift to appropriate technologies there must be a broad commitment to task-sharing and equity in employment so that women do not get shuffled once again to the bottom of the social deck.
Where is the anger?
The Reagan administration is systematically tearing apart the contributions of nearly a century of environmental work in this country.
Paving the way for boom and bust
The mitigation of socioeconomic impacts in western rural communities is a relatively new science, and we are on the upslope of the learning curve.
Oil shale: no tears, but lots of tangle
Oil shale is not dead, despite what the daily newspapers may say. The promise or threat of oil shale will always be with us.
Playing the game: public input in NEPA planning
From the outside, the National Environmental Policy Act process might as well be a foreign culture with its own, language and customs.
Watt's wilderness proposal sets agenda for energy industry
To an energy industry stretched thin, Interior Secretary James Watt's temporary ban on oil and gas drilling in wilderness areas is something of a favor.
Open pit and economic pendulum
As the West's uranium industry declines, it should reclaim mines, not wait for economics to swing back in the industry's favor.
Reagan's free market energy myth
Although the Reagan administration preaches free market ideals, it has increased funding for nuclear power, retained some subsidies for synthetic fuels, and backed away from its promise to deregulate the price of natural gas.
Removing the "heavy hand"
As long as we have the federal government in our front yard, we will attempt to work with them to arrive at decisions that are mutually beneficial to Montanans and to the nation as a whole.
Profiting from parks: None of Watt's business
Virtually every hotel, store, gas station and restaurant in the national parks is a private, profit-making enterprise. Regulation of these businesses is one of the most important and least understood issues in public land management.
Tuning in media causes environmental fade-out
Given the press of time and circumstances, the vocabulary of environmental organizations increasingly reflects a new technological style.
Conservatives and conservationists
The environmental perspective embraces not only the interests of the well-established environmental community, but many other interests as well, including the business sector.
Environmental sophistry imperils the West
Several years ago, environmental organizations in Wyoming chose to begin making compromises. Slowly, inexorably, they are losing whatever it is they love.
Reagan budget hits Indian self-sufficiency
President Reagan's proposed budget would allot more taxpayer dollars to Indian reservations but also impair the tribes' efforts to gain control over energy development on reservations, undermining Indian tribes' efforts to become more self-sufficient.
'Ecotage' seeks wild ends but won't make friends
No philosophical or psychological rationale speaks to the effectiveness of ecotage, Politically, what made sense for the Sixties activists is unlikely to work for wilderness advocates in the Eighties.
Earth First! says it's time to be tough
Editor Dan Whipple examines and critiques the roots and new tactics of the radical environmental group Earth First!
Conservation? Let's go for the real thing
A conservation director for the Sierra Club distinguishes between "real" and "pseudo-" conservation.
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