U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana
Individual, Environmental Stewardship
Mr. John Rogner, Field Office Supervisor for the FWS, Chicago Ecological Services Field Office, is recognized for nearly 10 years of partnership with the Chicago Wilderness Consortium. A model of Secretary Norton's 4C's, communication, consultation and cooperation in the service of conservation, he is an active leader as Chairman of the Chicago Region Biodiversity Council. He fostered the growth of the 177 member organizations that have collaborated on over 240 projects. His ability to build consensus and motivate members of Consortium has enabled them to develop and apply a Biodiversity Plan across 250,000 acres of protected natural lands in southeastern Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. This plan helps the FWS to achieve its responsibilities in protecting and restoring endangered species. In addition to collaborating with this extremely successful partnership, John shares his knowledge and experience across the United States offering advice to other community leaders that would like to develop regional partnerships by applying the Chicago Wilderness Consortium model and as a participant in the upcoming White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.
Left to Right: H. Dale Hall, John Rogner, Lynn Scarlett