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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Welcome to the ARC Breaking News/Action page where you are encouraged to enter items members may be interested in reading that are too timely to wait for discussion at our next monthly meeting.

If you misplaced the Comment Code you were sent in the April 2016 monthly News blast, please email me here.

Important Timely News

                                          Mar 12, 2018

Jim Schmidt has announced his retirement after 38+ years with the DNR. His last day in the office will be Friday, March 30.

A gathering is planned at Madisons (119 King Street) at 4:00 on March 29 to toast Jims career and to wish him a happy retirement.

Wisconsin Green Fire Issue Papers                                           Mar 8, 2018

Wisconsin Green Fire is beginning to pump out position papers. They are actively seeking reviewers, authors, etc. Check out what they've developed at

Candy                                           Mar 5, 2018

Wisconsin Greenfire's webpage:

Also, you can like or follow the WI Greenfire Facebook page.

Candy Schrank                                           Nov 14, 2017

Jami Sue Acre, 43, of Edgerton, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at UW Hospital in Madison, WI. She was born on April 7, 1974, in Madison, WI, the daughter of Suzan B. Acre and James L. (Rose) Acre. Jami's mother, Suzan Acre, retired from DNR after working many years. Obituary here . . .

Retired Rick                                           Jun 10, 2017

Janet Hartka Price, 69, of Seattle, Washington, passed away while on holiday in Ireland with her husband. She died in a bike accident while at the Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park.

Go here for information regarding her service and to to RSVP to her memorial gathering to beheld in Madison July

Green Fire: Voices of Conservation Group Launched                                           Apr 22, 2017


Scientists form new group to address threats to Wisconsins natural resources
Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation has been formed in response to recent developments at the state and national level that threaten science-based practices and long-term vision in natural resources management.

[Madison, WI April 21, 2017]
Once regarded as a national leader in conservation, Wisconsins proud tradition of dedicated stewardship of its land, waters, and wildlife has been severely compromised. A new organization, Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation (WGF), now seeks to reclaim that tradition of leadership for a new generation.

Under Governor Walkers administration, budgets have been slashed for Wisconsin State Parks and public lands management, scientific research, the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. Scientific information on climate change has been scrubbed from Department of Natural Resources communications and restrictions on Department of Natural Resources staff have limited access to science at public hearings. This is a partial list of changes by the current administration that make it clear that responsible, science-based, long-term management practices are no longer welcome at the table.

In response to these threats, a group of retired and active Wisconsin scientists with experience from a wide range of institutionsincluding the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), the University of Wisconsin, federal natural resource agencies, nonprofit environmental groups, research institutions, and the private sectorhave established Wisconsins Green Fire.

WGF is an independent, nonpartisan group. Its nearly 70 members represent a depth and breadth of experience in natural resource management, environmental law and policy, scientific research, and education.

Historically, Wisconsin managed its abundant natural resources based on sound science, wise economic investments, fair and open public process, and a shared conservation ethic. In the last six years that tradition has been eroded.

Wisconsins Green Fire believes Wisconsins citizens deserve better. We believe there are many in Wisconsin who feel, as we do, that a state as beautiful and bountiful as ours deserves thoughtful stewardship. said WGF board member, Nancy Larson, who retired in the past year from WDNRs water program.
Wisconsins Green Fire will help local units of government, nonprofit organizations, media, decision makers and citizens get the scientific information they need to address local and regional issues. The group will also be a source for those seeking experts who can and will take positions and bring scientific clarity and scrutiny to contentious and complicated environmental issues. Underpinning WGFs mission is the belief that scientific research, knowledge and education are a basis for ensuring clean water, air, and healthy ecosystems for the economic and social benefit of society.

In recent years, Wisconsins longstanding tradition of balancing natural resource conservation with human activities has been undermined, said Terry Daulton, a coordinator for Wisconsins Green Fire. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff is no longer able to fully sharetheir expertise with policy makers and the public. As a result, we are seeing new and unprecedented threats to Wisconsins water, air, lands and wildlife. Our goal is to be a voice for sound science in conservation.

The group takes its name from one of Aldo Leopolds essay, Thinking Like a Mountain. We decided to use Green Fire in our name to tie us to Wisconsins conservation hero, Aldo Leopold, Daulton said.

Leopolds land ethic relies on understanding that people are a part of
the land, every species has importance, and human activities must be in harmony with nature. It also tells us, as citizens and as scientists, that we all share a responsibility for the land, for one
another, and for future generations.
More information about Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation, a website, and
opportunities to join and/or contribute will be available in coming months. For information now, you can contact

Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation was formed in 2017 and supports the conservation legacy of Wisconsin by promoting science-based management of Wisconsins natural resources.

Organizational leadership available for interview:

Terry Daulton
Board Member and Coordinator, Wisconsins Green Fire
Mercer, WI

Bob Martini
Board Member, Wisconsins Green Fire; retired WDNR Water Resources
Rhinelander, WI

Kim Wright
Board Member, Wisconsins Green Fire; Executive Director, Midwest Environmental Advocates
Madison, WI

Retired Rick                                           Mar 6, 2017

Go to the 'What's New' page to read the Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants' letter, sent to the Joint Committee on Finance, regarding the Self-Insurance proposal.

News media support magazine                                           Mar 1, 2017

Outdoor columnist Pat Durkin's take on eliminating the DNR Magazine:

and from Steve Verburg on the Wisconsin State Journal:

Demand for DNR magazine runs high

Private Publishers say magazine doesn't hurt them:


Thomas R. Smith: Subscribe to DNR magazine and send message

Dear Editor: For only the second time in its history, the Birkebeiner, our nation's largest cross-country ski race, was canceled due to lack o

Demand runs high for DNR magazine Gov. Scott Walker wants to cut

Feb 28, 2017

Nearly 1,400 subscription requests came in after news coverage of Walker's plans to end the self-supporting conservation publication.


Mark Peacock: DNR magazine fills important niche

Feb 26, 2017

Dear Editor: Hey, I dont hunt and never seem to catch many fish, but I really appreciate the DNRs Natural Resources magazine. Regularly, it


DNR magazine is valued publication -- John Fett

Feb 24, 2017

I was saddened and angered by the news that Gov. Scott Walker plans to shut down publication of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine after


Cindy Watts: I'm signing me up for DNR's magazine

Feb 23, 2017

Dear Editor: I am so saddened by what has been happening in the state of Wisconsin. I lived most of my life in Illinois and look to Wisconsin

Bill Berry: Killing DNR magazine is latest assault on environment


Bill Berry: Killing DNR magazine is latest assault on environment

BILL BERRY | state columnist
Feb 21, 2017

The self-supporting magazine that Gov. Walker proposes eliminating has been around for a century.

Private publishers say DNR's magazine doesn't hurt them

Private publishers say DNR's magazine doesn't hurt them

Feb 21, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker's office denies cut is part of an anti-science agenda, but hasn't specified who popular, self-supporting magazine harms.

Plain Talk: Send a message to Scott Walker by subscribing to threatened DNR magazine

DAVE ZWEIFEL | Cap Times editor emeritus
Feb 20, 2017

The high-quality, self-supporting magazine that the governor wants to kill is less than $9 per year.


DNR magazine helps inform public -- Patrick Wolf

Feb 19, 2017

I recently read the article "DNR magazine cut seen as latest climate science scrub."

Contact your legislator to save DNR magazine                                           Mar 1, 2017

The proposed state budget would eliminate Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.

Eliminating the magazine would save taxpayers nothing. The magazine is entirely self supporting, including staff salary and benefits.

Over the years Wisconsin Natural Resources and its predecessor, the Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin have showcased the DNR programs we work on and explained the science behind them. Currently, the magazine is a popular part of the Patron license; with Patron holders getting a deal of paying only 2/3 the regular subscription price.

Please contact your legislator and/or members of the Joint Finance Committee and let them know you value the magazine and see no budgetary reason to end it but many educational reasons to continue it. Some 90,000 people receive the magazine.


The first step in contacting your legislator is knowing who your legislator is. The easiest way to do this is the tool found on the Legislatures home page, at In the center of that page is a link that says Who Represents Me? Click on that link and fill in the form to get the names of your state representative and senator.

If you do not have computer access, you can call your local town, village, or city clerks office to find out who represents you in the state Legislature. Your local library may be able to help you with this also.

There are of course several ways that you can contact your legislator:

Phone. You can contact your legislator by phone, in the district, or at his or her Capitol office in Madison. You can find these phone numbers on the members home pages. To find these, go to the Legislatures home page, at, click on Assembly or Senate, and then click on Representatives Home Pages or Senators Home Pages.
In addition, you may leave a message for your legislators Capitol office or indicate your position on legislation through the toll free Legislative Hotline, at 1-800-362-9472.
E-mail. The e-mail addresses of members of the Wisconsin Legislature all have the same format. For members of the Assembly, the form is; for members of the Senate, the form is
Mail. You can reach your legislator by mail at one of the following addresses:
◦Representatives whose last names begin with a letter from A to L:
◾P.O. Box 8952, Madison, 53708-8952
◦Representatives whose last names begin with a letter from M to Z:
◾P.O. Box 8953, Madison, 53708-8952
◦All Senators:
◾P.O. Box 7882, Madison, 53707-7882

Retired Rick                                           Jan 31, 2017

From: Schmoller, Michael R - DNR

Subject: Linda Hanefeld Retirement

Ok, at the end of next week Linda is hanging it up. Her and Mike will be moving on to a life after WDNR. To celebrate this occasion on Wednesday February 1 there will be cake and refreshments in the Gathering Waters/Glaciers Edge Meeting Rooms from 10- noon. After that we will be going to lunch and then after work we will be going to the Great Dane to celebrate.

Hope all of you can attend

R. Michael Schmoller
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phone: 608-275-3303

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