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
July 12
Lake View Park
Allen Boulevard, Madison
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi Arc Members,

A brief update on two DNR budget issues we’ve been tracking…I am sad to report, the elimination of the Forestry Mill Tax is moving forward in the budget process.  Joint Finance did not remove it from the proposed budget.  There still may be time.  Loss of the Mill Tax will further cripple DNR programs and puts at risk all the important forestry and fire control programs it supports.  Please contact your legislator  The budget process continues.  As a retired DNR employee, you have knowledge and an important voice.

There was a partial victory on Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.  Rather than eliminate it as the Governor had proposed, Joint Finance called for it to continue at fewer issues per year with an administrator (in an appointed position) functioning as editor.  The magazine is proof public contacts work.  One legislator told George Meyer that the magazine was among the most frequent legislative contacts. 

We can only hope that will happen with the mill tax. 

Summer is upon us and we’ve had a fun project going here at home.  A long-time friend gave us three cross cut sections of a 60-year-old mulberry tree that had been stored and staring her down for several years.  We indicated some interest in them, and the next thing we knew they were in the trunk of our car.  Turns out we are having a blast with them.

The cuts are 24 inches in diameter and about six inches thick, so I thought end tables.  My visiting daughter looked at them and thought, turquoise inlay.  And we were off. 

A lot of sanding, then crushing turquoise and stuffing it with epoxy into the cracks. 

Dry overnight then grinding and sanding of the inlay.  Following has been multiple layers or shellac and then clear coat painted on the bark.  The interim results are below. 


Next step is to seal the bottom and get iron legs.  Oh, but now there are only two of them.  One table top has already been spirited off to Washington D.C. with my daughter.

We are trying out a new lunch stop at the next meeting.  I really hope to see you there!  Hope this message finds you happy and healthy.