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
April 4
Imperial Gardens
2039 Allen Blvd, Madison
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi ARC members,

Sitting here looking at the 5 inches of wet new snow of a Wisconsin spring, I have to hope it’s just a prank from Mother Nature and that I haven’t missed summer. You know what they say, if you don’t like the weather here, wait 5 minutes.

Following are some important news shorts I thought you would find interesting:

Early Wisconsin Natural Resources issues now available on line: Early, pre-website issues of the magazine (1977 to 1985) are now accessible online. Through a cooperative agreement with the UW-Library Digital Collections, they have been scanned and are on their website at: UW-Library Digital CollectionsThe search engine is fabulous! The next stage (in progress) will be to include the old Conservation Bulletins.  As a reminder: the DNR black and white photo collection is also available at:  DNR black and white photo 

Spring Rules Hearing Questionnaire on line:  The questionnaire package for the 2018 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife public hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting, and the list of meeting locations, are now available for review on the DNR website. Hearings will be held Monday, April 9. To view the 2018 spring wildlife and fisheries questionnaire package [PDF]or for information about the process search the DNR website,, for "spring hearings."

Milwaukee Sports Show is this weekend:Meet up with your still working DNR colleagues at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show which opens Wednesday, March 7, and runs through Sunday, March 11, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis. DNR's exhibit features a 600-gallon freshwater tank where visitors can view live bluegills, crappies, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Live reptiles and amphibians will be on display at the wetlands and waterways section. Grandparents and parents are encouraged to bring their youngsters to the "Kids Corner" of the DNR booth to touch an array of wildlife pelts and pick up fish and mammal-themed giveaways. The DNR booth is in the southwest corner of the exposition center.

Comment on proposed waterway and wetland ag general permits: DNR is seeking public comment on a proposed waterway and wetland general permit for certain agricultural water quality conservation activities. Several activities can be covered under the proposed general permit so long as they meet the applicable permitting standards and include grassed waterways, filter strips, lined waterways, grade stabilization structures, stream crossings, water and sediment control basins, dams, sediment basins, and constructed wetlands. To view a copy of the draft permit or to view other information about the Department of Natural Resources individual and general permitting process, search the DNR website,,for "wetland disturbance." An informational hearing is also scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 2-3:30 p.m. in room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison. Comments can be submitted to until close of business March 30.

Canoecopia signals spring:Canoecopia will be at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison March 9-11. Attendees can find information about paddling and camping on some of the state's premier whitewater and quiet rivers and buy Wisconsin State Park admission stickers at the DNR display. Visitors also will be able to pick up free guides to state natural areas and to some of the native wildlife they may encounter on their trips, enter a free drawing for the bald eagle license plate that is a fundraiser for endangered species, and sign up for fishing and hunting for food classes. Canoecopia is the largest paddle sports consumer event in the world. Ticket prices are $15 for a day pass and $25 for a weekend pass - visitors ages 17 and receive free admission.

2018 Sturgeon Spearing Season is in the books:Sunday Feb. 25 marked the 16th and final day of the 2018 sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago.  There were 654 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago this season.  An additional 297 fish were harvested from the Upriver Lakes, bringing the system-wide total to 951.  This season’s harvest from Lake Winnebago ranks 42nd out of the 78 seasons dating back to 1941. From DNR observations, it seemed the fish were a bit leaner this season, which is what was expected based on a relatively low abundance of smaller gizzard shad and redworms. 

Conservation Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony:  The annual Conservation Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. at the Sentry Headquarters Theatre in Stevens Point.  Among inductees is none other than former DNR Secretary and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Executive Director George Meyer.  Also being honored are Roy and Charlotte Lukes of Door County and the Ridges Sanctuary, and Arlie Schorger, author and wildlife historian.

A couple of ARC notes: Chuck Pils is on tap to present his Icelandic travelogue at our July meeting.  Unfortunately, the restaurant we had scheduled for July – Sprecher’s – has closed.  But quick thinking Linda Netzer got quickly on the phone and booked us into Babe’s for the July meeting. It’s one of your favorite ARC lunch spots.  Linda does an outstanding job for us.

I have thus far been unable to pin down a Medicare speaker/expert for us.  If you have a contact or idea, please email me!

Hope to see you all at our March 7 meeting at the Great Dane in Fitchburg!  Stay warm!