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WASHINGTON - At its spring meeting, the board of directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership elected Jim Martin, a longtime TRCP board member and biologist who currently is conservation director of the Berkley Conservation Institute, to chair the organization's board. Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, was elected secretary of the TRCP board.
"I am delighted and humbled to be offered the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my personal hero Jim Range as board chair of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership," said Martin. "I look forward to the TRCP working with the rest of the conservation community on conserving and enhancing the fish and wildlife resources and the habitat that is the foundation of hunting and fishing in America.
"Climate change and rapid development in America underscore the urgency of developing a new framework of conservation policy," Martin continued, "a policy that must be forged while there still is time to secure the outdoors legacy we want to pass on to our kids, as our predecessors like Theodore Roosevelt passed on to us."
Martin has served on the TRCP board of directors since the organization's inception in 2002. A native Oregonian, Martin spent 30 years working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, including six years as its fisheries chief. Martin currently serves as conservation director of Pure Fishing's Berkley Conservation Institute, which supports conservation and angler recruitment efforts. Throughout his career, Martin has championed a range of conservation efforts in the name of sportsmen, including salmon restoration projects, addressing the effects of climate change on fish and wildlife populations, clean water protections and increasing youth participation in outdoor activities.
Martin fills the chairman position left vacant since the passing of TRCP co-founder and visionary Jim Range in January. Dr. Rollin Sparrowe served as interim chair of the TRCP board following Range's death.
"This transition has been a challenging one for the TRCP," said Sparrowe. "Replacing Jim Range is a great challenge, but Jim Martin is more than equal to the task at hand.
"Martin knows the history of the TRCP and understands how to work effectively within the hunting, fishing and conservation community," continued Sparrowe. "I look forward to collaborating with him and my fellow board members in the coming years as we fulfill the TRCP mission of guaranteeing all Americans quality places to hunt and fish."
"Jim's unique experience as a scientist, his role as a leader in the conservation community and his passion for hunting and fishing make him an ideal leader for the TRCP board and for America's sportsmen," said George Cooper, TRCP president and CEO. "His dedication to conservation, the outdoors and the TRCP is unsurpassed.
"America's sportsmen are fortunate to be able to look toward the skilled leadership of both Jim Martin and Howard Vincent," Cooper concluded. "Both are giants in the sportsmen-conservationist world, and the TRCP will be well served by them and their abilities as our organization enters a new era."
During its meeting, the TRCP board also approved the establishment of the Jim Range Conservation Fund. Read more about Range's life and legacy.