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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.

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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                                           Apr 6, 2022

WORK PLAY EARTH DAY RETURNS FOR 2022 HELP PROTECT THE PLANET; VOLUNTEER AND RECREATE AT WISCONSIN STATE PARKS


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced Work Play Earth Day returns after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Wisconsinites have several opportunities to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) through acts of service and outdoor recreation at Wisconsin state parks throughout the month.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin native Gov. Gaylord Nelson to raise awareness about air and water pollution. Today Earth Day is observed around the globe and is commemorated as a full month of recognition, stewardship and celebration of the natural environment.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Apr 1, 2022

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT DEVILS LAKE STATE PARK
SERVICE PROJECTS, FOOD TRUCKS, TORCH-LIT HIKE AND MORE


Join us for service projects and family-friendly activities this Earth Day, Friday, April 22, at Devils Lake State Park.
Photo credit: Travel Wisconsin
BARABOO, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to celebrate Earth Day, Friday, April 22, at Devils Lake State Park. This years Earth Day theme is Invest in our Planet.

Wisconsin is home to 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, 15,000 lakes, 800 miles of great lakes shoreline, 190 miles of Mississippi River shoreline and over 5 million acres of wetlands and 2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater. Wisconsin is a special place with so much to explore and protect.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin native Gov. Gaylord Nelson to raise awareness about air and water pollution. Today Earth Day is observed around the globe. At the DNR, everyday is Earth Day. Join us for a day of service at Devils Lake State Park to help protect Wisconsins natural resources.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Apr 1, 2022

HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA STRAIN CONFIRMED IN WISCONSIN'S WILD BIRD POPULATIONS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that EA H5 Avian Influenza, a strain that is highly pathogenic for poultry, has been detected in wild birds in Wisconsin.

The samples were collected from a Coopers hawk and a bald eagle submitted from Dane County, a lesser scaup from Columbia County, a red-tailed hawk from Grant County, a Canada goose from Milwaukee County, and a trumpeter swan from Polk County.

This announcement follows preliminary positive results found by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory on March 30 and March 31.

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Retired Rick                                           Apr 1, 2022

WISCONSIN NRB MEETING APRIL 13
DEADLINE FOR REMOTE APPEARANCE REQUESTS AND WRITTEN COMMENTS 11 A.M. APRIL 6


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

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 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.

The public is encouraged to watch the April board meeting on the DNRs YouTube channel.

The deadline to register for remote public appearance requests and to submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. There will be no in-person public appearances.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 18, 2022


Holiday Hunt, Extended Archery, Bonus Harvest Authorizations And More White-tailed buck. Attend your countys deer advisory council meeting March 21-31.

The first round of County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) public meetings is starting March 21.

At each meeting, County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) will consider recommendations on holiday hunts, extended archery seasons and antlerless deer quotas.

Make sure youre part of the conversation. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website for info on your countys meeting date, time and Zoom link:

Go Here to Find Your County.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 17, 2022

The prince, the mayor, and the U.S. fish that ate Japan

An innocent gift from Chicago to Prince Akihito in 1960 caused a decades-long ecological crisis that Japanese scientists are now close to solving.

When Crown Prince Akihito visited Chicago on October 3, 1960, his sole request was to visit Shedd Aquarium. Then Mayor Richard J. Daley, an avid angler, presented the prince with a gift that he scooped with a net from one of the tanks himself: 18 bluegills, the official Illinois state fish.

The 26-year-old future emperor was already a passionate ichthyologist, and he planned to stock the exotic fish in the moat surrounding his palace, according to accounts in the Chicago Tribune at the time.

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Retired Riick                                           Mar 15, 2022

HELP SHAPE WISCONSINS DEER SEASON. ATTEND 2022 DEER SEASON PLANNING MEETINGS MARCH 21-31

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the first round of County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) public meetings will take place March 21-31.

At each meeting, County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) will consider recommendations on holiday hunts, extended archery seasons and antlerless deer quotas.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting for the county where they hunt and give the department feedback on what theyd like to see this fall. Anyone interested in listening to their county's meeting can join virtually via Zoom.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 14, 2022

ETF Announces Pension Increases for WRS Retirees

MARCH 9, 2022

Due to a third straight year of double digit returns by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Retirement System retirees will receive pension payment increases this year. The Core annuity adjustment is 7.4% and the Variable annuity adjustment is 15.0%. The increases will first be reflected on the May 1 annuity payment.

Department of Employee Trust Funds Secretary John Voelker and ETF Board Chair Wayne Koessl approved the adjustments, following recommendations by the ETF Boards consulting actuary.

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                                          Mar 11, 2022

ENVIRONMENTPLANET POSSIBLE
The timber detectives on the front lines of illegal wood trade


Germanys Center of Competence on the Origin of Timber tracks down which EU wood imports come from illegal sources in the worlds third-biggest criminal sector.

HAMBURG, GERMANY Under tungsten light on a bleak winter day, Gerald Koch gazes up from a black microscope, adjusts his rimless glasses, and gestures at a monitor displaying a slice, thinner than a hair, of suspected illegal timber.

I only need to look at these two to know immediately it comes from South America, he says, pointing at a pair of large white cells on a canvas of charcoal gray. This is down to our years of experience.

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                                          Mar 11, 2022

Wisconsin Invasive Species Council Now Accepting 2022 Invader Crusader Nominations. Nominate Residents Who Protected Lands And Wildlife From Invasive Species

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council is now accepting nominations for the Invader Crusaders Awards through March 29, 2022.

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