Directory

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.

website contact: retiredrick@wisarc.org

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, please email me here.

Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Nov 30, 2022

WISCONSIN NRB MEETING DEC. 14

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in-person for the December board meeting to consider several proposed rulemaking documents, hearings and donations.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, originating from public meeting room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF2), 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7 as listed on the agenda.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Nov 30, 2022

2022 GUN DEER HUNT HARVEST TOTALS AND LICENSE SALES NOW AVAILABLE

The 2022 gun deer hunt in Wisconsin kicked off the holiday season with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, put delicious, wild-harvested protein on the table and make memories with family and friends.

Preliminary license sales, harvest registration and hunting incident numbers are now available.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Nov 28, 2022

2022 NER RETIREE and GUEST HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Lets kick off the Holiday Season at a luncheon with our DNR retired friends.

WHEN: Thursday, December 8
WHERE: Rock Garden, 1951 Bond St., Green Bay
SOCIAL: 11:45 in the bar
LUNCH: 12:30 in the Garden Room

MENU: Plated Broasted chicken and all the trimmings

COST: $13.50 includes tax and tip individual bills

RSVP by Friday DEC 2:
Call or Text 920-680-9876 - Peggy or email to pegbeaumier@sbcglobal.net

Rock Garden has changed their menu for parties. Groups of more than 30 will now be have a banquet menu. This year we will be having plated broasted chicken. If you have special dietary needs, please let me know.

Hope to see you soon!

Retired Rick                                           Nov 23, 2022

DNR RESEARCH SCIENTIST NAMED FISHERIES BIOLOGIST OF THE YEAR

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce that Coldwater Fisheries Research Scientist, Dr. Matthew Mitro, was awarded Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) at their annual meeting earlier this year.

This award is given to an individual who has shown unparalleled initiative towards the better understanding of fishes and their conservation. There is no better way to describe Dr. Mitro and his extensive 19 years of fisheries research with the DNR. His work focuses on inland trout species, and he has been essential to many trout projects.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Nov 18, 2022

ADA-ACCESSIBLE YURT NOW OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the opening of an ADA-accessible yurt for hunters in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County.

The ADA-accessible Elk Ridge yurt was paid for through a Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR Act) grant and is exclusively available to hunters until Nov. 30. It will reopen on May 1 for the spring turkey seasons and then, from June 1 through Aug. 31, the yurt is reservable for all recreation purposes.

It will be so nice to allow people to enjoy such a unique opportunity while staying in the Flambeau River State Forest. The yurt will provide an experience to enjoy nature, hunting, fishing, relaxing and most of all to create lasting memories, said Maggie Lorenz, Flambeau River State Forest Property Manager.

The yurt offers nearby access to hunter walking trails and a carry-in canoe/kayak launch on the Flambeau River. The yurt can also be accessed directly from the Flambeau River, as it is just upstream from Dix-Dox Landing.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Oct 25, 2022

REMINDER: GET YOUR STURGEON LICENSE BY OCT. 31

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds those interested in sturgeon spearing that they have until Oct. 31, 2022, to purchase a license for the 2023 Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season. The season opens Feb. 11, 2023, for Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes of Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan.

The season will run for a maximum of 16 days or until any of the pre-determined harvest caps are reached.

During the season, some spearers use technology, like underwater cameras, to help them harvest a sturgeon. As a result of previously expressed concerns, and at the direction of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Winnebago Sturgeon Advisory Committee, the DNR considered additional regulations on technology used during spearing and conducted a survey.

Read More Here.

Rettired Rick                                           Oct 19, 2022

PORTAGE CANAL RESTORATION, REVITALIZATION NEARS COMPLETION

MULTI-DECADE PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS GOVERNMENT COLLABORATION
A before and after view of the Portage Canal
The Portage Canal is an exceptional example of multiple levels of government working together to accomplish a restoration goal.
Photo credit: Fred Galley
MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the City of Portage, and Columbia County, celebrated today the culmination of a decades-long vision to clean up and restore the Portage Canal, revitalizing this community asset.

Restoring the canal, which is the closest point in the state between the Fox River and the Wisconsin River, has been a multi-decade and multi-phase project. The project also exemplifies how various levels of government can work together as partners to accomplish a unified goal.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Oct 19, 2022

DNR CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT

A view of the Wisconsin River in the summer from above via drone.
The Clean Water Act helped restore many waterbodies across the state, including the Wisconsin River.
Photo credit: Wisconsin DNR
MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

In 1972, growing public awareness of the importance of water quality led to sweeping amendments (passed unanimously by both houses of Congress) to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (originally enacted in 1948). The amended law became known as the Clean Water Act, and established a goal of making waters fishable and swimmable.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Oct 19, 2022

NEW INTERACTIVE PFAS DATA TOOL AVAILABLE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a new interactive tool with information about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) throughout Wisconsin. The PFAS Interactive Data Viewer combines publicly available information from multiple sources across the DNRs website into one tool to allow users to more easily explore what is known about PFAS in Wisconsin.

Available information in the PFAS Interactive Data Viewer includes locations with known contamination, PFAS-related fish and game consumption advisories and waterbodies throughout Wisconsin sampled during targeted or routine monitoring.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Oct 14, 2022

CHECK OUT WISCONSIN STATE PARKS AT YOUR LIBRARY

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a pilot program to make state park and forest vehicle admission day passes available to 1,000 library card holders at 20 libraries across Wisconsin.

Starting Tuesday, Nov. 1, library card holders can check out a pass from participating libraries. The passes will be valid for free admission for one vehicle at any state park, forest or recreation area where admission is required. The pilot program ends March 1, 2023.

The DNR is continually looking for innovative opportunities to bring more people to state parks and forests and to ensure everyone in Wisconsin has access to our incredible natural resources, said Steve Schmelzer, Director of the Wisconsin State Park System. By partnering with Wisconsins library system, we can reach households who may not be as familiar with the wide array of opportunities Wisconsins state parks and forests have to offer.

Read More Here.

Page - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 .....- 27