Harley MacKenzie

1888-1979
Inducted 1988

Harley MackenzieThe first chief warden for the Wis. Conservation Dept., MacKenzie is remembered for professionalizing the warden force, including setting qualifications, writing the first warden’s manual and securing official uniforms.

After serving as a field warden in northern Wis. (1917-25) and chief warden (1925-34), he became the department’s director.

He was instrumental in establishing the state game farm and conservation center at Poynette (1934), founding the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (1934), hiring the first wildlife research biologists, developing fish hatcheries, promoting such key acquisitions as Northern Kettle Moraine Forest and Horicon Marsh, and creating an efficient state fire control system.