The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Next Meeting
March 1
Great Dane Brew Pub
2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi Arc Members,

I am honored and energized to do an encore year as ARC president.  I really enjoy organizing things and getting involved in the mechanics of our organization.

Case in point….At the January meeting, we talked about legislative sabre rattling (again) to split DNR.  The group unanimously approved voicing ARC’s opposition.  Things moved very quickly following that vote.  Bruce Braun let us know about an effort by all past secretaries to go on record opposing the split.  Ron Semmann – who had been involved with the Kellett Commission work – said he was authoring an op-ed piece.  I drafted a letter for ARC, which thanks to support from Bruce Chevis and ARC member contributors, I was able to get to all state legislators and the governor in the same news cycle as the secretaries’ letter.  Media took notice, recognizing how important the opinion of people who have actually worked in DNR is.  Retirees around the state gave us a hand and shared our letter with staff, other retirees, and many newspapers. A short time later, current Secretary Cathy Stepp took the highly unusual step of speaking publicly against proposed legislation.  We truly had some momentum going.

Today, as I write this letter, the Wisconsin State Journal has a strong editorial opposing the split.

In short, your voices have power, and I know a lot of current DNR employees are very grateful.

I have loaded our letter, the secretaries’ letter, Ron Semmann’s op-ed, and the Wisconsin State Journal editorial into the News Now column.

I’m very proud to be a part of ARC and to be among people who care about the agency and its work long after they’ve left the 7:45-4:30, Monday through Friday world.  I’m looking forward to another great year of comradery and fun with you.  See you soon.