Writers on the Range

Writers on the Range was a project of High Country News from 1998 to 2018. It is now an independent nonprofit organization.


'Bigger is better' syndrome exploded
The assumption that growth is good comes as close to being a universally accepted truth as we live by. Yet recently we are beginning to question the "bigger is better" philosophy, and to see that growth may be counter-productive to most of our hopes, goals and aspirations.
Observations on eagles, sheep
A letter to HCN from someone who has observed the nesting and eating habits of golden eagles for several years around Laramie, Wyo.: "I'm not saying that eagles can't or don't kill sheep but the wool is not so far over my eyes that I can't see some mighty big discrepancies."
Wilderness exists in name only
There are 53 million acres of federal lands which qualify as potential wilderness areas under the 1964 Wilderness Act. But so far, with only three years left for federal agencies to propose wilderness under the act, only 10.1 million acres have been set aside as wilderness.
Environment: beyond easy answers
If improvement of the environment is actually the high national priority that recent polls suggest, then we should expect to find a general willingness to share the cost. Regrettably, this is not the case.
Ecology, priorities and the Washington State Department of Ecology
A paper presented to the Washington State Ecological Commission, outlining the relevance of the science of ecology to addressing current environmental problems.
America and the environmental crisis
An address by Environmental Protection Agency administrator William Ruckelhaus: "The planet Earth is in trouble. For too long man has regarded nature as a foe to be conquered ..."
The Bolle Statement on clearcutting
Dean of Montana University School of Forestry Arnold Bolle's statement to the Interior Subcommittee about his report, which criticizes Bitterroot National Forest's overriding concern with timber production, its use of uneconomical systems of timber harvesting, and its general disregard for aesthetic and non-timber values.
Hearings hold promise
Excerpts from Oversight Hearings on Management Practices on the Public Lands. "The forthcoming ... hearings offer a crucial opportunity for public scrutiny of the state of management and stewardship of our public lands, especially our national forests."
Does development have to mean destruction?
What happens when unplanned development takes place in an undeveloped environment? Do companies have a conscience when it comes to use of land? The photos displayed here tell a story -- not a pretty story.
Rifle scabbards ... where and how?
Big game hunters who use horses are often faced with a problem -- how to carry their rifle. Rifle scabbards hung on the saddle are a ready answer -- but where are how do you hang the scabbard?
Big dollars destined to leave mark on Alaska
Alaska's oil boom brings big paychecks, but also inflated prices. Nearly everything about Alaska's boom is bigger -- the distances, the physical discomfort, and the appetite for money.
Environmental films catalog
A list and brief review of a couple dozen environmental films, including "Vanishing Redwoods," "The Terrible News," "A New Dawn," and "John Muir's High Sierra."
People of the West are changing attitudes about environment
Throughout the Rocky Mountain region there are demands to take a closer look at industries' impact on the environment.
People move into land planning
The purpose of this article is to describe, in practical terms, how you can influence the future of your community through the planning process.
Hunting still good in '70s
The hunting outlook for the 1970s is bright in spite of the crepe-hanging of some forecasters. There will be lean times, but there are good days ahead for the hunters willing to work at it.
High Country News Classifieds
  • ATTORNEY AD
    Criminal Defense, Code Enforcement, Water Rights, Mental Health Defense, Resentencing.
  • LUNATEC HYDRATION SPRAY BOTTLE
    A must for campers and outdoor enthusiasts. Cools, cleans and hydrates with mist, stream and shower patterns. Hundreds of uses.
  • LUNATEC ODOR-FREE DISHCLOTHS
    are a must try. They stay odor-free, dry fast, are durable and don't require machine washing. Try today.
  • PROFESSIONAL GIS SERVICES
    Custom Geospatial Solutions is available for all of your GIS needs. Affordable, flexible and accurate data visualization and analysis for any sized project.
  • FREE RANGE BISON AVAILABLE
    Hard grass raised bison available in east Montana. You harvest or possible deliver quartered carcass to your butcher or cut/wrapped pickup. Contact Crazy Woman Bison...
  • CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE - OKANOGAN LAND TRUST (NORTH CENTRAL WA)
    Do you enjoy rural living, wild places, and the chance to work with many different kinds of people and accomplish big conservation outcomes? Do you...
  • CARDIGAN WELSH CORGIS
    10 adorable, healthy puppies for sale. 4 males and 6 females. DM and PRA clear. Excellent pedigree from champion lineage. One Red Brindle male. The...
  • A CHILDREN'S BOOK FOR THE CLIMATE CRISIS!!
    "Goodnight Fossil Fuels!" is a an engaging, beautiful, factual and somewhat silly picture book by a climate scientist and a climate artist, both based in...
  • DIGITAL ADVOCACY & MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
    The Digital Advocacy & Membership Manager will be responsible for creating and delivering compelling, engaging digital content to Guardians members, email activists, and social media...
  • DIGITAL OUTREACH COORDINATOR, ARIZONA
    Job Title: Digital Outreach Coordinator, Arizona Position Location: Phoenix or Tucson, AZ Status: Salaried Job ID Number: 52198 We are looking for you! We are...
  • DESCHUTES LAND TRUST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGER
    The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking an experienced Volunteer Program Manager to join its dedicated team! Deschutes Land Trust conserves and cares for the lands...
  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
    The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming seeks an experienced fundraiser to join our team. We're looking for a great communicator who is passionate about conservation and...
  • INDIAN COUNTRY FELLOWSHIP
    Western Leaders Network is accepting applications for its paid, part-time, 6-month fellowship. Mentorship, training, and engaging tribal leaders in advancing conservation initiatives and climate policy....
  • MULESHOE RANCH PRESERVE MANAGER
    The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Manager develops, manages, and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas. The Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area (MRCMA)...
  • ARTEMIS PROGRAM MANAGER
    Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more...
  • ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES
    Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities Whitman College The Environmental Humanities Program at Whitman College seeks candidates for a tenure-track position beginning August 2023...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) in Crested Butte, CO is seeking an enthusiastic Executive Director who is passionate about the public lands, natural waters and...
  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
    Are you passionate about connecting people to the outdoors? The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is looking for someone with volunteer management experience to join...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The conservation non-profit Invasive Species Action Network seeks an executive director. We are focused on preventing the human-caused spread of invasive species by promoting voluntary...
  • HIGH COUNTRY NEWS EDITORIAL INTERNS
    High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, is looking for its next cohort of editorial interns....