New DNR Conservation Warden for Ozaukee County
Published: July 21, 2010 by the Central Office
Contact(s): Conservation Warden Matt Groppi (262) 618-4919
Matt Groppi is the new Department of Natural Resources conservation warden serving Ozaukee County. Warden Groppi is now responsible for conservation and environmental law enforcement activities and outdoor safety programs in Ozaukee County as well as on Lake Michigan out of Port Washington.
Conservation Warden Matt Groppi
He is originally from Milwaukee where he grew up fishing for salmon and trout on Lake Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Stevens Point where he majored in Resource Management and minored in Environmental Law Enforcement. While at Stevens Point, he worked as a teaching assistant for the Environmental Enforcement Course, served as an Officer of the Student Law Enforcement Association, and completed Warden Internships in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Warden Groppi was hired by the DNR in January 2008 and was completing the year-long training process when he was called to active military duty. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves with a Military Police Unit out of Sheboygan in Afghanistan for a year and was deployed with the same unit to Mosul, Iraq in 2004.
Warden Groppi returned to Wisconsin from Afghanistan in fall 2009 and completed his DNR training. As part of that training, he worked in Door, Jefferson, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Waukesha, and Waupaca counties.
Conservation wardens protect the natural resources of the state. Their enforcement authority includes wildlife, fish, boating, snowmobiling, all terrain vehicles (ATV's), environmental, water regulation and zoning, and forestry laws. In addition, conservation wardens engage in educational activities and work collaboratively with the public in solving natural resources protection problems and investigating violations complaints.
Warden Groppi is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and wildlife watching. He lives in Cedarburg. He can be reached at (262) 618-4919 or by e-mail at Matthew.Groppi@Wisconsin.gov.