A few years back John Rogner was mentioned as a possible IDNR director. Now the long-time supervisor for the Chicago field office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was named an assistant director for the IDNR.
Here's the word from the IDNR about Rogner's important role as liason to federal agencies.
John D. Rogner Named Assistant Director of Illinois Department of Natural Resources
SPRINGFIELD, IL -Governor Pat Quinn has named John D. Rogner as the assistant director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Rogner joins the IDNR from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), where he has served since 1998 as supervisor of the Chicago Field Office.
"John Rogner is one of the most respected natural resource conservation professionals in the country and we are very happy to bring his knowledge, expertise, and wealth of ideas to state government," Governor Quinn said.
As IDNR assistant director, Rogner will serve as a liaison to the Department's federal partners and work to rebuild its fish and wildlife programs, as well as help manage new initiatives on youth retention and recruitment. He is joining IDNR as part of an agreement with the USFWS intended to strengthen fish and wildlife programs and projects managed cooperatively by both agencies.
"I am thrilled to have John Rogner join us as we work to rebuild the Department of Natural Resources, restore public faith in the agency, and implement new ways to get more young people involved in outdoor recreation and conservation stewardship," said IDNR Director Marc Miller.
Rogner has more than 25 years of experience in federal wildlife, endangered species, and wetlands programs. As USFWS field office supervisor, Rogner has developed successful habitat restoration programs and relationships with public and private organizations dedicated to wildlife enhancement in northeast Illinois. For the past 10 years, he has chaired the Chicago Regional Biodiversity Council (Chicago Wilderness), a coalition of nearly 250 environmental, scientific, and cultural organizations.
John Rogner received both bachelors (1977) and masters of sciences (1981) degrees in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.