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Jim Range, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

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  • G Rollins
    FYI, Jim Range, Chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, died on January 20. http://www.trcp.org/ James D. Range, 63, died peacefully,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 22, 2009
      FYI, Jim Range, Chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation
      Partnership, died on January 20.


      James D. Range, 63, died peacefully, surrounded by family and loved
      ones, on Tuesday, January 20 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
      Minnesota after an extraordinarily courageous battle with kidney

      Range was one of the nation's most prominent champions of natural
      resource conservation. He was known in Washington and throughout the
      United States as a skilled policy strategist with an extraordinary
      bipartisan network of friends and contacts. Along with his political
      adeptness, he possessed an oratorical gift and was known as someone
      who always spoke from his heart with passionate conviction. A life-
      long outdoorsman, Range was instrumental in the conservation and
      continued protection of many different corners of the American
      landscape and was a passionate advocate for the country's fish and
      wildlife and their habitat. Perhaps best known as a long-time advisor
      to former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, he also was known
      personally to countless people as a beloved confidant, friend and

      At the time of his death, Range worked as senior policy advisor in
      the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and
      served as Chairman of the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt
      Conservation Partnership, an organization he co-founded in 2002. He
      was instrumental in the founding of the Bipartisan Policy Center and
      worked as an advisor to that organization.

      Mr. Range was chief counsel to Senator Baker during the period
      between 1980 and 1984 when the senator served as Majority Leader.
      From 1973 to 1980, Range served as minority counsel to the U.S.
      Senate's Committee on the Environment and Public Works. He was
      counsel to the National Commission on Water Quality in 1972.
      From 1984 through 1992, Range worked as Vice President of Government
      Affairs for Waste Management, Inc., and from 1992 to 1994, Range
      served in the identical capacity for Rust International, Inc., a
      subsidiary of WMX Technologies, Inc.

      "Jim Range was a dedicated, loyal and trusted member of my staff who
      helped to fashion some of this country's most vital environmental
      legislation," Sen. Baker said. "Of all his efforts to promote
      comprehensive oversight concerning clean air and clean water, Jim was
      especially helpful with a project that was of particular importance
      to me. He was an essential part of the team that was able to come up
      with a unique approach that allowed the creation of the Big South
      Fork National River and Recreation Area located in Tennessee and
      Kentucky. Were it not for Jim Range and a few others, this idea would
      have never been possible. Jim and I continued working together,
      outside of our formal positions in government, to try to influence
      responsible care for our country's all important natural resources in
      a bipartisan spirit. I will miss Jim's counsel, but more importantly,
      I will miss him."

      In his 1986 book "Running in Place: Inside the Senate," James A.
      Miller described Range as "… a legislative cowboy – a southern, tough-
      talking, Jack Daniels-drinking, boyishly handsome, charismatic lawyer who long ago made the right connections on his way up north. … At 36, the blustery Range has become one of a handful of key aides recognized by senators and staff alike as an authoritative source of crucial information about the Senate's agenda."

      Many of Jim's beneficial contributions to natural resource law are
      well-known. He played an instrumental role in the crafting and final
      passage of a string of landmark laws, including the Clean Water Act,
      but his true cumulative influence on behalf of America's fish and
      wildlife resources is inestimable. Jim attributed much of the success
      he and his colleagues had in the policymaking arena to their ability
      to work in a bipartisan fashion, putting America's outdoor resources
      above party politics. He often paraphrased President Ronald Reagan,
      saying, "It's amazing what you can get done in this town when you
      don't worry about who gets the credit."

      Aside from service as Chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation
      Partnership's Board of Directors, Range served on the Boards of
      Directors for Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, the Wetlands America
      Trust, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, the American
      Sportfishing Association, the American Bird Conservancy, the Pacific
      Forest Trust, the Yellowstone Park Foundation, and the Bonefish and
      Tarpon Trust.

      An original board member and Chair of the National Fish and Wildlife
      Foundation, Range also was a White House appointee to the Interstate
      Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Sportfishing and Boating
      Partnership Council and the Valles Caldera Trust.

      In 2003, Range received the U.S. Department of the Interior's Great
      Blue Heron Award, the highest honor given to an individual at the
      national level by the Department. He was also awarded the 2003
      Outdoor Life Magazine Conservationist of the Year Award and the
      Norville Prosser Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American
      Sportfishing Association.

      Range was profiled by Time magazine in 2005 for his efforts to expand
      the availability of conservation easements, and a Wall Street Journal
      story that same year highlighted Range's successful efforts to
      engineer the rollback of an excise tax that was unintentionally
      placing American fly rod manufacturers at a huge competitive
      disadvantage. Of Range and Rod DeArment, a former chief of staff to
      Bob Dole when he was Senate majority leader, the Journal reported, "The men worked together to push through pillars of the
      Reagan agenda -- tax cuts in 1981 and the last big reform of the
      Social Security system in 1983 -- but also were allies in a little-
      noticed 1984 law that placed excise taxes on fishing gear and some
      motor fuels into a trust fund that sponsored state programs to clean
      up rivers and improve fishing ecosystems."

      When still serving as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural
      Resources Committee, Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico said of
      Range, "Jim Range has been one of those rare individuals who has
      dedicated his life to bringing opposing parties together to unite
      for a common good. He did it as a senior staff in the United States
      Senate working on clean air, clean water, and wildlife issues. He is
      still doing it in the conservation field now with the Theodore
      Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. I truly believe that if
      extremists on both sides of the environmental spectrum could learn
      from Jim's wisdom and work, the whole country would be better off."
      Range enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor activities, but loved hunting
      and fishing the most. He pursued both passions all over the world but
      ended up falling in love with Montana and its trout and game birds.
      He spent as much time as he could at his property on the Missouri
      River in Craig, Montana, the Flyway Ranch. Range graciously hosted
      many important events over the years for leaders from political,
      business, non-governmental organization and media circles. It was his
      personal bastion of respite as he found relief from his many
      commitments and busy schedule on the waters of the Missouri River
      with a fly rod in his hands.

      In addition to hunting and fishing Jim enjoyed pastimes close to
      home. Jim was an avid backyard birder and loved tending to his
      perennial garden. He had a special place in his heart for orchids,
      which he raised in a greenhouse dedicated to that purpose. He had a
      multitude of bird feeders that he faithfully replenished throughout
      the year. Jim's back garden in the springtime was a magical oasis of
      colorful blossoms and birds, scent and song, where he loved to work
      in the early morning and relax in the evenings. Jim was also a
      renowned gourmet cook. Friends far and wide were drawn to his table,
      where they knew they would enjoy an exceptional meal—usually
      featuring fresh game or fish—numerous libations and lively political
      debate that would last late into the early morning hours.
      Growing up in Johnson City, Jim learned his love of the outdoors in
      the mountains of Tennessee. He was an Eagle Scout, acting as an
      aquatics instructor at Camp Tom Howard, attending National Camping
      School and working at Philmont Scout Ranch. He attended Science Hill
      High School. Range attained a B.S. degree at Tulane University, a
      M.S. in fisheries biology from Tennessee Tech, and graduated from the
      University of Miami School of Law.

      Jim is survived by twin daughters Kimberly Range Truesdale and
      Allison Range, both of Arlington, Va.; his father Dr. James J. (Bud)
      Range of Johnson City, Tenn. and Marco Island, Fla.; brothers Harry
      of Marietta, Ga., John Neel of Braselton, Ga. and Peter of Richmond
      Hills, Ga.; and friend Anni Ince-McKillop and her two children, Greg
      and Jess McKillop of Washington, DC. Range was preceded in death by
      his mother, Estelle Range.
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