The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Your Officers

Bruce Chevis

Spent 34+ years in state parks and retired in 2007 on his 60th birthday. He was the first superintendent at both Heritage Hill State Historical Park and Richard Bong State Recreation Area. In addition, he held management positions at North and South Kettle Moraine Forests, Peninsula Park, and in the Bureau of Parks. Bruce thoroughly enjoyed his career with DNR and is even more enjoying retirement.

Laurel Steffes

After 35 years of state service, Laurel Steffes retired on December 12, 2012. She began her DNR career in 1977 working on the Natural Resources Magazine as the business manager. Laurel worked in the Bureau of Information and Education and was appointed its Bureau Director in 1995. Before her career was over, Laurel oversaw the DNR’s web and social media components.

Barb Wolf

Barb Wolf decided to retire on December 30, 2011, with 31 years as a conservation warden. Barb served as a field warden in Kenosha and Onalaska before becoming the Recreational Safety Warden in SCR in 1990. She became a Warden Supervisor and then Regional Warden for SCR in 2006 serving until she retired in 2011.