Eric Hansen’s op-ed essays reflect a bedrock belief that thoughtful conservation consciousness leads to healthy ecosystems -- and is as fundamental to the wellness of our world as treating people, all people, with respect.

2014 Publication Samples:

Block Tar Sands Projects in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel link

Tar Sands Oil Expansion is Risky
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel link

2013 Publication Samples:

Enormous Mine, Enormous Consequences
Penokee Mine proposal is a pivotal moment. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel(PDF)

350: What We Need to Save the Planet
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (PDF)

Other Samples:

Wisconsin Waters Threatened by Tar Sands Crude Oil Expansion
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel link

It was a big trout. A good trout. A good, big trout.
Metallic sulfide mine proposals in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
threaten the iconic Coaster Brook Trout.
Chicago Tribune

Winter is Lake Michigan's showiest and finest hour
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (PDF)

Copenhagen, Climate Change and Common Sense Conservation in Wisconsin
Lake Effect program on WUWM public radio - Listen online
or read a version (PDF) that ran in the Madison Cap Times newspaper.

Tar Sands Protest:
'When Ordinary People do Extraordinary Things'

Listen to this essay on Lake Effect
or read it as it ran on Common Dreams (PDF)

Rushing mine permits puts water at risk
Wisconsin's pristine waters merit due diligence, thoughtful protection.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (PDF) or listen to an expanded assessment of the regional risk to Lake Superior and the headwaters of the Upper Great Lakes on Lake Effect

Behind Wisconsin’s Wildlife Story:
A Remarkable Migration of the Human Heart

Listen to it on Lake Effect
or read a version that ran in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper (PDF)

Harvest Moonrise
Listen to this essay about watching the moon rise over Lake Michigan and contemplating those that were here before us on Lake Effect

Penokee Range

Penokee Range in Wisconsin



Eric Hansen’s articles range from adventure features in Backpacker magazine to his essay nominations for “Wisconsin’s Ten Natural Wonders” in Wisconsin Trails magazine.


Day Hike: The Penokee Range 
Wisconsin Trails (PDF)

Out Of Sight:
Hiking Michigan's Trap Hills

Backpacker Magazine (PDF)

Wisconsin’s 10 Natural Wonders
Wisconsin Trails (PDF)


"Eric Hansen, a thoughtful Wisconsin author and conservationist, invokes success stories from the state's past and present as he muses on the Copenhagen climate change summit. It's a calming, hopeful piece in a time of nasty, violent invective about global warming"

Dave Dempsey, author and historian