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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.

If you misplaced the Comment Code, please email me here.

Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Jan 4, 2022

PROPOSED PERMANENT ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
The link below is to a table that lists proposed permanent administrative rules which are currently being developed by the DNR, or which have been adopted by the Natural Resources Board (NRB) and are pending publication.

The table is organized alphabetically by Natural Resources Board (NRB) order number. The first two letters are an abbreviation for the lead DNR bureau/program name. The middle number is a sequential number. The last number is the year. Hover your mouse over each NRB order number to see more information.

The DNR sometimes creates separate webpages as an additional resource for proposed rules of particular significance or interest. Where a separate page has been created, the text in the "Subject" column is linked to it.
The "Rules Status" column describes where the rule is in the rulemaking process and links to NRB meeting agendas, public hearings announcements or other documents for more information.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Dec 22, 2021

PBS WISCONSIN WINS MIDWEST EMMY AWARD FOR NATURE DOCUMENTARY FEATURING WISCONSIN'S PUBLIC LANDS

MADISON, Wis. PBS Wisconsin received a 2021 Midwest Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs Cultural, for Wisconsins Scenic Treasures: Southern Vistas featuring Wisconsin's public lands.

Filmed by PBS Wisconsin from the air, land and water, the documentary showcases state parks, natural areas, wildlife areas and forests, many of them held in trust and managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Hundreds of hours of aerial panoramas and ground-level video create this memorable 60-minute adventure, highlighting the striking visual and ecological diversity of our states natural landscapes and rich scenic heritage. The program can be viewed online at pbswisconsin.org/scenictreasures

Retired Rick                                           Dec 16, 2021

LEARN ABOUT STATE NATURAL AREAS, HOME TO WISCONSINS ENDANGERED SPECIES
2021 MARKS 70 YEARS OF STATE NATURAL AREAS AND THEIR ROLE IN CONSERVING NATURE


MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging nature enthusiasts to learn more about Wisconsins state natural areas and the rare species that inhabit them in the 2021 Field Notes publication now available online.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the DNRs State Natural Areas Program. To help celebrate the milestone, this year's Field Notes highlights Wisconsin's first and largest state natural areas and a beautiful, rare blue songbird turning up along the Mississippi River.

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Dale Lang                                           Dec 11, 2021

Northern WI Retiree News

Our next lunch is Tuesday Dec 14 at 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. So we wont get our orders at the same time. But itll be a nice experience, if you havent been there. There are two entrances in front, and two in back, lots of ways to get in. And a large parking lot in back.

We had about a dozen last time, and everyone enjoyed it. We pushed a couple tables together, but there is plenty of room if you want to keep a bit of distance.

This is our last lunch for a while. Well probably resume in March or April. Please let me know if you have thoughts about it, or suggestions for other places to meet. Especially in Minocqua area and Tomahawk.

Retired Rick                                           Dec 8, 2021

DNR SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON ATV AND UTV TRAIL GUIDELINES COMMENT DEADLINE DEC. 23, 2021

MADISON, Wis. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on the draft ATV and UTV trail guidelines that are intended to promote statewide consistency in how trails are planned, designed and constructed.

Department staff created the guidelines in consultation with a variety of stakeholders and trail users in order to establish common language for developing recreational trails that are physically sustainable, protect natural resources and ensure trail users have an enjoyable and safe experience.

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Retired Rick                                           Dec 7, 2021

REMINDER: SPRING WILD TURKEY HARVEST AUTHORIZATION APPLICATIONS ARE DUE DEC. 10

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that the 2022 spring wild turkey harvest applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2021.

Hunters can purchase applications for permit drawings online through Go Wild, the DNRs license portal, or at an authorized license agent.

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Retired Rick                                           Dec 4, 2021

DNR TO HOST VIRTUAL CWD RESPONSE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING DEC. 10

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will host a virtual Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan Committee meeting on Friday, Dec. 10 from 9-11 a.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.

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Retired Rick                                           Nov 29, 2021

DNR NOW OFFERING YEAR-ROUND CAMPSITE RESERVATIONS WINTER CAMPSITES AVAILABLE AT 20+ STATE PARKS & FORESTS; SIGN UP FOR AVAILABILITY ALERTS

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced year-round camping reservations are now available at more than 20 state parks and forests. Temperatures may be dropping, but that doesnt mean the end of camping for anyone looking for a winter adventure.

With 100% reservable campsites, visitors can plan ahead and have peace of mind before hitting the road knowing that a site is waiting for them.

Campers will no longer find campsite self-registration envelopes at state properties. Instead, make your reservations using the DNRs online camping reservation webpage or by calling 1-888-WIPARK.

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Retired Rick                                           Nov 26, 2021

Hunter Nation doesn't have the best interests of Wisconsin hunters in mind. We have to protect the resource.

Tim Eisele
Published 8:03am Nov, 19, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I do everything because I hunt.

I was fortunate to be born into a hunting family. In the 1920s, Grandpa used to take the train out of town and hunt rabbits, then hop the train back into town.

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Retired Rick                                           Nov 23, 2021

DNR TO HOST VIRTUAL PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING ON CWD RESPONSE PLAN REVIEW

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will host a virtual public comment meeting on the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan Review on Friday, Dec. 3 from 9-11 a.m.

The meeting provides an opportunity for public input to the CWD Response Plan Review Committee to help inform the review.

Read More Here.

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