Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Russell E. Train, Conservationist & Environmental Policy Pioneer, Died

Russell E. Train died yesterday, Sept. 17, 2012.  Train was one of the primary proponents of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.  Richard Nixon, whom he previously served as Under Secretary of Interior, appointed him as the first chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; he served in that post from 1969 to 1977.  Gerald Ford appointed him Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Train became a leader in the World Wildlife Fund in 1978.  Train had previously worked in conservation organizations.  He became president of the Conservation Foundation in 1965 and in 1961 he founded the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation.  Under his leadership, the World Wildlife Fund expanded its role to preserving habitat as well as advocating for wildlife.

Infrastructure Watch (or at least a certain contributor) appreciates that Train was a collector of books, particularly those related to wildlife and conservation.  The Smithsonian Institution acquired his collection of Africana in 2004.

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