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LCC Coordinator John Rogner (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
LCC Coordinator John Rogner (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

John Rogner Selected To Guide Landscape Conservation Efforts Across Upper Midwest and Great Lakes

Former Illinois DNR Assistant Director selected to serve as Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC Coordinator

By Ashley Spratt
External Affairs

Former Illinois Department of Natural Resources Assistant Director John Rogner has been selected to lead the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) as LCC Coordinator.

Rogner has joined LCC and science coordinators from across the country to grow conservation partnerships established by the LCC network, and connect cutting-edge scientific research with on-the-ground natural resources management of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region.

“John’s commitment to protecting the health of our fish and wildlife populations and native habitats is unparalleled,” said Craig Czarnecki, assistant regional director of Science Applications with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “His breadth of experience, practical knowledge, and pragmatic perspective on natural resources management will complement and build upon the ongoing mission and vision of the LCC.”

Rogner was appointed in July 2009 as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Prior to his role with the state of Illinois, he led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chicago Ecological Services Field Office as field supervisor. There he directed programs in endangered species conservation, environmental contaminants, conservation planning assistance, habitat restoration and environmental education.  During this time he also served as chair of Chicago Wilderness, a coalition of over 240 organizations dedicated to conserving the biodiversity of the Chicago region.

From 1983 to 1991, Rogner worked for the Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he held various positions implementing the regulatory program under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.

Rogner has undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences from Northern Illinois University. He received the distinction of professional wetland scientist through the Society of Wetland Scientists in 1995, in addition to multiple performance awards from both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), established in 2010, is focused on a diverse range of fish, wildlife and other natural resources that transcend state and international borders. This includes the Great Lakes (North America’s largest freshwater resource), coastal wetlands, boreal forests, major river systems and prairie-hardwood ecosystems. Many of these ecosystems surround heavily populated urban centers creating both resource challenges and opportunities. For more information, visit




Last updated: March 20, 2013