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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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Retired Rick                                           Mar 5, 2022

Retired conservation biologists living legacy

Mark Martin and Sue Foote-Martin have worked for more than four decades to protect, restore and share their passion for Wisconsin wildlife.

Both retired conservation biologists for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Martins continue to volunteer their services as citizen scientists as part of the longest-running auditory frog and toad survey in North America.

Since 1979 they have been resident managers of Goose Pond Sanctuary, Madison Audubons 730-acre nature preserve in Arlington, in Columbia County, where theyve spearheaded dozens of habitat restoration and public education projects.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 1, 2022

DNR TO END ONLINE HUNTER EDUCATION OPTION FOR STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18. STUDENTS AGE 18+ STILL ELIGIBLE FOR ONLINE COURSE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the temporary all-online hunter education course option will end at midnight on Sunday, March 20, 2022, for those under 18-years-old.

Hunter education students aged 18 and older will continue to have the online course as a hunter education option.

The DNR temporarily offered the all-online hunter education option to all to help protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Following the updated guidance from state and federal health agencies, the DNR is returning to the in-person course for the under 18 group.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Feb 28, 2022

WCC Virtual Spring Hearing Begins April 11 At 7 P.M.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) today announced the Spring Hearing will once again be held online.

The public will have the opportunity to provide input on proposed natural resources rule changes from the DNR and advisory questions from the Natural Resources Board (NRB) and WCC through the online input opportunity.

Read More Here.

Retire Rick                                           Feb 28, 2022

DNR Seeking Public Input On Fall Migratory
Game Bird Hunting Season Structure


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host three public hearings to present information on the proposed 2022 migratory game bird season and gather public input on the structure of the season. The public hearings will be held via Zoom starting at 7 p.m. on March 8-10.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Feb 25, 2022

DNR Seeking Public Comment On Draft Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment now through May 31, 2022, on the state's draft Walleye Management Plan.

The Walleye Management Plan guides all walleye management activities in Wisconsin. One of the most popular sportfish in the state and an important species for the Ojibwe spring tribal harvest, the draft plan outlines present-day goals and management strategies for walleye in Wisconsin.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Feb 24, 2022

Make A Difference: Volunteer At State Parks
And Public Lands.


Signing Up Is Easier Than Ever With New Online System

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers to help care for state parks and public lands.

Volunteers are an integral part of providing excellent customer service to visitors, expanding recreation and education opportunities. Whether you volunteer for a few hours or a couple of weeks, your service makes a world of difference.

There are many ways to get involved.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Feb 12, 2022

WISCONSIN WOLF HUNTING UPDATE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that following a U.S. District courts ruling on Feb. 10 returning wolves in the lower 48 states (except the northern Rocky Mountains region) to the Federal Endangered Species List, Wisconsin is not authorized to implement a wolf harvest season.

The DNR is reviewing the ruling to determine how it impacts hunters and trappers who purchased licenses for the Fall 2021 wolf hunt.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Feb 11, 2022

Wisconsin Initiative On Climate Change Impacts Releases Climate Assessment Report

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) today released its 2021 climate assessment report, Wisconsins Changing Climate: Impacts and Solutions for a Warmer Climate.

The report is the most comprehensive assessment to date on the impact of climate change in Wisconsin and includes details on the continued warming and increased precipitation throughout the state.

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Retired Rick                                           Feb 7, 2022

DNR SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 ETHICAL HUNTER AWARD

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for its annual Wisconsin Ethical Hunter Award, which honors hunters actions of exceptional moral actions and character while in the field.

The Wisconsin Ethical Hunter Award was established in 1997 to recognize a person whose action represents Wisconsin's heritage of responsible, respectful and safe hunting.

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Retire Rick                                           Feb 2, 2022

VIRTUAL CWD RESPONSE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING FEB. 3

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will host a virtual Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan Committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The DNRs 15-year CWD Response Plan, in effect through 2025, helps guide the departments approach to addressing CWD in Wisconsin. The plan was developed to fulfill its public trust responsibility to manage wildlife and ensure the health of Wisconsins wildlife populations. As part of the plans implementation, the department will review progress toward meeting its goals and objectives every five years.

The public is invited to watch live on the DNRs YouTube channel here.

Read More Here.

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