The Energy Future Coalition is extremely saddened to report that Steering Committee Member James Range died on January 20, 2009. Jim was a great conservationist, skilled coalition builder, and friend to many. He will be deeply missed.
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 mentor.
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.
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.
The above was taken from a memorial website to James Range: www.jimrange.com. Please visit the site for memorial service details, to view photos, and to add your own remembrances.
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