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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.

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Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Aug 26, 2022

Greetings NE Region Retirees:

Hard to believe summer is winding down. Look for a luncheon in Green Bay early this fall.

Date to be determined. We are invited to join ARC for their September. If you have trouble opening the links from ETF, please go to their website.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Peggy

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HEALTH INSURANCE UPDATE FROM ETF:

The Group Insurance Board has approved a modest health insurance premium increase and expanded service areas and provider networks for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program in 2023. Despite the departure of WEA Trust from the program, members will have more health plan choices.
Concerned about the impact of a significant premium increase on members and employers, the Board approved using surplus funds from past program cost savings and investments to reduce rate increases in 2023.
Primary drivers of the rate increases are medical costs for ongoing care and the effects of delayed care for acute or chronic health conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Eileen Mallow, director of the Office of Strategic Health Policy at the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Increased pharmacy costs particularly for specialty drugs were also a contributing factor.
2023 Health Insurance Premiums
The overall state health insurance premium increase for plan year 2023 is 4.0%. The Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management determines both the state employee contribution to the premium and the employer contribution to the Health Savings Account. Those amounts will be available prior to the annual open enrollment period, September 26 October 21, 2022.
For participating local government employees, the overall health insurance premium increase for plan year 2023 is 5.4%. Premiums vary based on the employee share set by their employers. Local employees will receive rate information directly from their employers.
2023 Health Plan Changes
WEA Trust will no longer offer health insurance as of December 31, 2022. This change affects approximately 52,000 members who will need to select a new health plan for 2023 during open enrollment.
ETF worked with health plans to provide all members with more choices in 2023, said Mallow. The expanded service areas and provider networks should fill the gaps created by the departure of WEA Trust from the program.

The Board approved the following changes effective January 1, 2023:
* Dean Health Plan will offer the Access Plan and State Maintenance Plan.
* UnitedHealthcare will offer Medicare Plus.
* Security Health Plan will be a new plan serving west central Wisconsin with access to the Marshfield Clinic Health System.
* Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative has partnered with Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire to serve eastern Wisconsin.
* GHC of Eau Claire River Region is a new coverage option in west central Wisconsin.
* Dean Health Plan Prevea360 West and Mayo Clinic Health System have partnered to serve western Wisconsin.
* HealthPartners Southeast will provide coverage in southeastern Wisconsin.
See Upcoming Health Plan Changes for more information and resources. ETF will offer vendor and health benefit webinars during open enrollment to assist members in making benefits decisions.
or More Information
* Group Insurance Board August 17, 2022 Meeting Agenda and Materials
* Upcoming Health Plan Changes

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Subject: RE: Sad news

Many people asked me to pass along the details for Marsha Burzynskis memorial gathering. It will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 12-6PM at Grant Park in South Milwaukee. It will be at the shelter in Picnic Area 5A.

Please send this on to others I missed.

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Retired Rick                                           Aug 24, 2022

DNR ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO 2022 HUNTING SEASON
HUNTING AND TRAPPING REGULATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2022 combined Wisconsin Hunting Regulations pamphlet is now available online and will soon be available at license agents and open service centers around the state.

As in previous years, the combined regulations pamphlet brings season dates, shooting hours and regulations together in one convenient document. The 2022 Wisconsin Trapping Regulations are also available online and will also soon be available in print across the state.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Aug 23, 2022

Teacher of the Year Learned her Craft in Wisconsin's Outdoors (her father, Wally Wasko, worked for WDNR)

Youd never suspect that Lori Danz, Wisconsins 2023 Teacher of the Year, hated school as a youngster.

Danz, 57, a biology teacher and school-forest coordinator at Superior High School, doesnt blame her teachers for that childhood loathing. She was a good student who performed well from kindergarten through college.

Her dislike for school was fairly simple: Classwork suffered in comparison to lessons her father taught her in the forests around her childhood homes, first in Butternut and then Superior. To this day, Danz blesses God for Wally Wasko, 85, her father. He shared his love and knowledge of nature whenever taking her hunting, fishing and exploring during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Aug 14, 2022

2022 BONUS ANTLERLESS DEER HARVEST AUTHORIZATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AUG. 15

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that bonus antlerless harvest authorizations will be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 online through the Go Wild license portal and at license sales locations.

Deer population levels vary throughout the state, and antlerless harvest opportunities vary by management zone. This allows for greater harvest opportunities where deer are abundant and a more conservative harvest where deer are fewer in number.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Aug 14, 2022

The United States and Canada Release State of the Great Lakes 2022 Report

Fifty years ago, the United States and Canada first signed the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a commitment to work together to restore and protect our shared and increasingly precious resource. Since 1972, the Agreement continues to be a catalyst for strong regional partnerships and innovative approaches to environmental actions.

Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Environment and Climate Change Canada jointly published two reports required under the Agreement: the State of the Great Lakes 2022 Report and the 2022 Progress Report of the Parties.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Aug 10, 2022


DNR HOSTING LAKE MICHIGAN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PUBLIC MEETING AUG. 30

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public meeting to gather feedback on the future management of salmon and trout on Lake Michigan.

The meeting will take place 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, at Lakeshore Technical Colleges Centennial Hall West in Cleveland, Wisconsin.

DNR staff will present the latest Lake Michigan survey information and stakeholders will be able to share ideas and input on future fisheries management initiatives.

Read More Here.

Candy S                                           Aug 7, 2022

Retired DNR employee Marsha Burzynski passed away on Wednesday, August 3 2022. Marsha spent most of her career working in Milwaukee, and later worked in Oshkosh as a water resources supervisor. Marsha is survived by her husband, Tom, who worked for DNR in Fisheries. They both retired in 2021.

https://www.molthenbell.com/memorials/marsha-burzynski/4996495/obituary.php

Retired Rick                                           Aug 3, 2022

From: Dale Lang
Sent: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:12:21 PM
Subject: Lunch Tuesday!

Lunch coming up! Inshalla Country Club.

Important note: Inshalla would like an approximate count ahead of time, so if you think you might attend please let me know by Aug 6. If you have to cancel, or decide to attend after that day, thats OK, just so I have a rough number.

You may call or text me if thats easier or you have last minute changes. 715 367 0041.

Lunch schedule

Aug 9 Inshalla

Sep 13 Black Bear! Lets try it again.

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. https://inshallacc.com/

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. http://www.shamrockpubandeatery.com/

CTs Deli, downtown Rhinelander, 17 N Brown St. http://cheftomsdeli.com/ 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.

Black Bear, 11045 Hwy 70 W, Minocqua 54548 https://www.facebook.com/blackbearbar54548 About 5 miles west of 51 on 70.

Retired Rick                                           Aug 3, 2022

2022 BONUS ANTLERLESS DEER HARVEST AUTHORIZATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AUG. 15

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that bonus antlerless harvest authorizations will be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 online through the Go Wild license portal and at license sales locations.

Deer population levels vary throughout the state, and antlerless harvest opportunities vary by management zone. This allows for greater harvest opportunities where deer are abundant and a more conservative harvest where deer are fewer in number.

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations, formerly known as tags, are available for purchase in all deer management units (DMUs) for the 2022 season.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Aug 1, 2022

DNR RELEASES ANNUAL DRINKING WATER REPORT
AGENCY, PARTNERS TACKLE SAFE DRINKING WATER CHALLENGES


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently published its 2021 Annual Drinking Water Report. The report features statewide efforts that help public water systems provide safe and adequate drinking water supplies despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges.

Once again, Wisconsin gets high marks, with 98% of the states public water systems providing water that meets safe drinking water standards.

Read More Here.

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