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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Retired Rick                                           Jun 17, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the agency received two digital excellence awards for its Go Wild Redesigned Customer Dashboard.

Out of thousands of entries from across the United States and 12 countries, the DNRs Go Wild Customer Dashboard received a Platinum Hermes Award, administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), and a Centauri Vega Digital Award, administered by International Awards Associate (IAA), for outstanding work in digital marketing and communications. This is the second year in a row that the platform has received awards for digital content and ease of use.

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Retired Rick                                           Jun 14, 2022

DNR Updates Information On Proposed Aquatic Plant Management Rules

A harvester pulls plants in a waterway.
An aquatic plant harvester at work in a waterway. / Photo Credit: Mark Goehle/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the Aquatic Plant Management (APM) Program has completed its final edits to the proposed administrative rule chapter NR 107, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to the chemical, mechanical and manual management of aquatic plants. A public hearing was held Feb. 22, and a public comment period concluded on March 1.

Retired Rick                                           Jun 10, 2022

Elk Monitoring Volunteers Needed In Flambeau River State Forest And Clam Lake

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers to host cameras in the Flambeau River State Forest and Clam Lake to effectively monitor the reintroduced elk herds in Wisconsin.

A large number of volunteer cameras are still needed to monitor the elk. Volunteer-managed cameras in the elk reintroduction areas have helped DNR research scientists and biologists monitor important herd metrics, including estimated population size, cow and bull ratios and bull age structure. The monitoring is part of the DNRs Snapshot Wisconsin program, a volunteer-based project for wildlife monitoring.

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Retired Rick                                           Jun 8, 2022

Wisconsin NRB Meeting June 22. Deadline For Remote Appearance Requests And Written Comments 11 a.m. June 15

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in-person for the June board meeting to consider several proposed rules, hearings, land items and donations.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, originating from Public Meeting Room G09, at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7-8 as listed on the Agenda.

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Retired Rick                                           Jun 8, 2022

FROM: Dale Lang, Rhinelander

The next lunch is June 14 at Shamrock, Lake Tomahawk.

Heres the rest of the schedule.
July 12 CTs
Aug 9 Inshalla
Sep 13 is open for now. Ill try for Black Bear, west of Minocqua, where we would meet in the past.
Oct 11 CTs
Nov 8 Shamrock
Dec 13 CTs

Inshalla Country Club, N11060 Clear Lake Rd, Tomahawk. Hwy A north of Tomahawk to Hwy U, to Clear Lake Rd.

Shamrock, downtown Lake Tomahawk, 7235 Bradley Street (Hwy 47). There was a potential sale, but it didnt go through, so its the same owners, for now.

CTs Deli, downtown Rhinelander, 17 N Brown St. We have the Community Room. Since this is a deli, you order your drinks and food at the counter, pick up your drinks, then they call your name when your food is ready and you get it from the food counter. It might be good if you place your order when you get there, so were not all ordering at the same time.

Chuck Johnson passed away. He was the NWD fish supervisor for many years and the Northern Region Fisheries Expert when he retired. Sorry this is late; it happened just after I sent last months email.

Charles Ephraim Johnson, age 82, of Spooner, WI, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN.

Chuck was born March 28, 1940, to parents Hjalmar and Ailie (Loustari) Johnson in Superior, WI. After the passing of his mother, Chuck went to live with his aunt and uncle, Bill and Jenny Winter. He graduated from Superior High School in 1958. On September 4, 1959, Chuck married the love of his life, Sandra Mead. Sandra supported Chuck through college where he majored in Biology and Geology at UW Superior and graduated in 1963. After graduation, Chuck began work at the DNR where he would become the Fish Staff Specialist in the Northwestern District. Chucks career moved him and the family to Spooner, Barron, Ladysmith, Eau Claire, and then they were able to settle back in Spooner where he retired in 2000.

Chuck was an avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing, hunting, and logging. Most importantly he cherished God and his family. Chucks admiration for his wife was widely known and set a beautiful example for everyone in his family. Chuck was an incredibly supportive mentor to everyone, especially family, rarely ever missing a family sporting event.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Sandra; children, Tim (Caren) Johnson, Tammy (Gary) Hayes, and Todd (Lisa) Johnson; grandchildren, Blake, Brandon, Beth, Lindsey, Michael, Morgan, Gracie, and Ana; great-grandchildren, Beckett, Shalawn, Dayton, Jaxon, and Easton; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Hjalmar and Ailie Johnson; brother, Alan; sisters, Lois and Dorothy; and parents-in-law, Wayne and Gladys Mead.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 13, 2022, at 12 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner, with a visitation held from 10 a.m. to the time of service.

Retired Rick                                           Jun 8, 2022

WEA Trust to Exit Group Health Insurance ProgramJUNE 3, 2022

WEA Trust announced on June 1, 2022, that they will no longer offer health insurance after this year. All current WEA Trust network areas and offerings will no longer be available to members as of January 1, 2023.

The Department of Employee Trust Funds is currently reviewing the impact of this announcement to the Group Health Insurance Program. This change affects approximately 55,000 members in the following state and local plan options:

Access Plan
IYC Medicare Plus
WEA Trust East
WEA Trust West Chippewa Valley
WEA Trust Mayo Clinic

Members with WEA Trust will continue to have health insurance coverage through December 31, 2022. This is not a special enrollment opportunity. Members will need to select a new health plan during this falls annual open enrollment period (September 26 to October 21, 2022).

ETF will provide additional details about this transition when they are available.

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Retired Rick                                           Jun 6, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, concluded a multi-year law enforcement investigation into the poaching and over-harvesting of hundreds of vulnerable spawning lake whitefish from the Menominee River.

The multi-state investigation concluded with court-ordered seizures and rights revocations against individuals from Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

Law enforcement officials from the Wisconsin and Michigan natural resources agencies, with logistical help from the Illinois department, teamed up to track confirmed violations on the popular border river between Menominee, Michigan and Marinette, Wisconsin.

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Retired Rick                                           Jun 3, 2022

WEA Trust to stop offering health insurance in Wisconsin, lay off 110 employees

Madison-based WEA Trust, a health insurance company wounded by the passage of the 2011 Republican anti-union law Act 10, will stop offering health insurance at the end of 2022.

The company will lay off 110 employees, it said in a statement, and offer each employee a severance package and at least 60 days notice. It will continue offering long-term care, life and vision coverage for its members.

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Retired Rick                                           May 26, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to join us for the 10th annual Free Fun Weekend, June 4-5, 2022. State park admission fees, fishing licenses and trail passes are waived for all visitors.

Grab your family and friends and head outdoors for Free Fun Weekend and find your adventure. Wisconsin is home to 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, roughly 15,000 lakes and more.

The DNR encourages Wisconsinites to discover a new favorite park, trail, forest or recreation area or try a new activity over the weekend. Share your adventures during Fun Free Weekend using the hashtag #OutWiGo on Instagram.

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Retired Rick                                           May 25, 2022

2022 Elk Quota Set, Hunters Can Still Apply For Tag Till May 31

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Wisconsin residents that the chance to draw a 2022 elk hunting license ends on May 31. Wisconsinites can enter for their chance at the states only once-in-a-lifetime hunt while contributing crucial funding for elk conservation.

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