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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What's New in 2018?

Member SinceNameYaars of ServiceDiv/Bureau
JanuaryRobert Rolley25Science Services
JanuaryJack Sullivan36Science Services

Northern Wisconsin Retirees
Monthly Meeting Schedule

The northern contingent of retired Wisconsin DNR employees also
meets monthly at different locations and would love to have visitors
stop and join them for lunch if they are in the area.

Click here, or above, for full schedule including
directions to restaurants.

January 2018

Before his recent retirement, Jack Sullivan served as Director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Science Services Programs from 2000 – 2015. In this role he directed agency research in fish, wildlife, forestry and human dimensions. He came to the DNR in 1983 after serving as faculty/staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Chemistry Program.

In 1997 and 1998 he was on special assignment as an International Consultant for the United Nations working on environmental management issues in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He has BS and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin, with a specialty in Water Resources Engineering and is a Wisconsin Registered Professional Hydrologist.

Throughout his career he has been involved in emerging environmental issues and most recently has been focusing on adaptation strategies for climate change. In 2016 he received the “Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources” from the former Obama Administration. Jack also served on the Federal Advisory Board for the National Climate Science Centers and the Department of Interior Steering Committee for the Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Plan. He is currently a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts.

January 2018

Robert Rolley retired in August 2017 after a 25 year career with the WDNR. He was stationed in Madison. Throughout his career he was a Wildlife Population Ecologist, initially in the Bureau of Research, then in Science Services and finally in the Office of Applied Science. He was responsible for analyses of wildlife population survey data and modeling population response to management strategies. He served on species advisory committees for white-tailed deer, elk, black bears, furbearers, and wild turkey providing consultation services for staff specialists in Wildlife Management. He coordinated the Wisconsin Checklist Project, a citizen science bird monitoring project. He also served on the Interagency CWD Health and Science Team and was responsible for evaluating the population effects of deer removal strategies.

Nigl, Rudolph M. "Rudy"

Rudolph M. “Rudy” Nigl, age 84, of Richland Center, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, with the chainsaw at his feet and his dog at his side.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Nigl of Richland Center, Wis.; four children, Rudy (Cherie) Nigl of Stoddard, Wis., Jeff (Pam) Nigl of Richland Center, Wis., Teresa (Patrick) Kash of Merrimac, Wis., and Patrick (Lora) Nigl of Beavercreek, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Nigl of Richland Center, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Nancy) Nigl of Oshkosh, Wis., and Ralph (Maribeth) Nigl of Oshkosh, Wis.; special daughter, Ledys (Derek) Updike; and three special grandchildren, Kiara, Kaden, and Khyle Updike.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Nigl; and grandson, Nicholas Nigl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. at ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH in Richland Center. Local Military Honors Unit will provide graveside rites in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the CLARY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME in Richland Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. where a Rosary will be held at 2:30 p.m. and also on Saturday at church visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary’s school. Online condolences can be made at

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