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
May 1

Our May 1st meeting will be at Chalet Landhaus Inn, in New Glarus.
Hopefully no snow!!!

Our upcoming May 1 meeting is at Landhaus Inn in New Glarus. ALWAYS a delicious meal.

I want to call your attention to the News Now! tab ( There have been some recent posts of interest: an opinion piece from Pat Durkin that pulls out some very interesting statistics on hunter number trends, which -- as I am sure you guessed -- are declining; there's also information on the Spring Rules Hearings on April 8 and how to provide on-line input during an April 10-13 window; review sought on the elk management plan; and six outdoor-related bills recently signed into law by Gov. Evers.

I have a very interesting speaker lined up for the June 5 meeting at the Maple Tree Supper Club in McFarland. PhD candidate in the UW Center for Limnology and Wisconsin Green Fire Conservation Fellow David Ortiz will give us an overview of the effects of wake boats on lake ecology -- shore erosion, habitat, water quality and more. He was the lead author on the recently released Green Fire wake boating paper. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Paul Smith has authored a series of articles on this subject. It's a growing issue. I hope you guys will turn out in force.

Live long and prosper, guys.