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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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.

Dan Fields

Dan Fields retired after 41 years of service. Eighteen were spent in the Sergeant of Arms office in the state Senate, where he became the Sergeant of Arms before leaving to come to WDNR. In DNR, Dan worked in the Recycling program in GEFII, where he developed, for the State Council on Recyling, the national standard for recycling adhesives.

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.

Dick Steffes

Dick Steffes retired from WDNR on December 28, 2012. At the time of his retirement from DNR, he had a 39 year career as a land buyer for Fish, Wildlife, Parks, Forests and Natural Areas.