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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Next Meeting
November 7
Imperial Gardens
2039 Allen Blvd, Madison
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi ARC members,

Wow, fall, and the October meeting really snuck up on me, so this message is regrettably late.

Here’s some news shorts from DNR:

  • Beginning Dec. 17, 2018 people booking a campsite at Wisconsin State Park System properties will be able to use a new, improved - and less expensive - reservation system. DNR is contracting with a new reservation provider, Camis USA, Inc., that was awarded the reservation contract.. Camis USA currently operates reservation systems for Michigan, Maryland and Washington state parks. All reservations that are booked through the current provider, Reserve America [exit DNR], will be transferred to the new system. Under the new system it will cost users $7.75 to make a reservation, compared to the current price of $9.65. Customers can also expect many enhancements when making reservations, including better searchability for campsites, and a mobile-friendly website that makes it easier than ever to make a reservation from a phone or tablet. The new system will also accommodate reservations for shelters and amphitheaters.
  • New for Fall 2018, the Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile application has everything hunters need to improve their time in the outdoors. Find new public lands to explore, brush up on the regulations, or listen to podcasts - users can do it all with Hunt Wild Wisconsin. With mobile mapping, up to the minute shooting hours, and much more, we've given you all the tools to focus on what's important - enjoying your time in the outdoors.  To download this free hunting app on your mobile phone, simply search "Hunt Wild Wisconsin" in the iTunes app store [exit DNR] or Google Play store [exit DNR] on your mobile device. Be sure to check out a helpful tutorial to help you navigate the app and learn its features.
  • More than 99 percent of the state's public water systems provided water that met safe drinking water standards, according to DNR’s 2017 Annual Drinking Water Report.  Wisconsin leads the nation with more than 11,400 public water systems, the majority relying on groundwater sources. Surface water from Wisconsin lakes provides drinking water to some of the state's largest communities, including Milwaukee and Green Bay. All public water systems test their water to protect public health (some municipal systems monitor for as many as 90 contaminants). During 2017, more than 99 percent of Wisconsin's public water systems provided water that met all the health-based standards for regulated contaminants. The major challenge facing Wisconsin's drinking water supplies continues to be aging infrastructure. The Private Lead Service Line Replacement Funding Program and the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program together awarded more than $73 million to fund 65 projects in 61 communities statewide. The funding programs combine low interest loans and principal forgiveness to help communities make needed infrastructure improvements and replace lead service lines. The 2017 Annual Drinking Water Report [PDF]is available by searching the DNR website,

Looking for a fall activity to do with the grandkids?  I mean, besides corn mazes and pumpkin carving?

  • On Saturday, Oct. 6, enjoy the Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at N3884 Ransom Moore Lane in Kewaunee. Watch salmon egg collection demonstrations, fish print a t-shirt, enjoy fishing displays and activities and guided facility tours. Also enjoy wagon rides provided by the Algoma Kewaunee Great Lakes Sport Fishermen. Food and beverages will be for sale and there's an opportunity to adopt a sturgeon for river release.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 13, enjoy the 10th annual Salmon Spectacular from 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. at the DNR Root River Steelhead Facility in Lincoln Park in Racine, 2200 Domanik Dr. The open house will include guided tours, hands on demonstrations of fish spawning, fish and fishing information stations, interactive fishing rod casting lessons, knot tying, fly tying. DNR staff and volunteers from Salmon Unlimited and Trout Unlimited strongly encourage people of all ages to take part in a great day at a great place along the beautiful Root River.
  • On Oct. 6, Havenwoods State Forest hosts Snake and Turtle Fest. Visitors can meet Wisconsin native snakes and turtles close up, take a hike to search for herps, discover reptile adaptations through activities and games, make snake and turtle crafts, bid in a silent auction to benefit education programs, purchase lunch or snacks. The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is for all ages and will be held rain or shine. Havenwoods State Forest is located at 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee, (1 block west of Sherman on Douglas).


Finally, the Fall issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources is available now, and contains a striking six-page cover spread commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The celebration of the DNR's 50th anniversary continues with "Legacy of the Spill Law," detailing the significant work enabled by this important legislation passed in 1978. And many of you will recall Kathy Kahler making an appeal for you to share DNR memories for the magazine. Also included in the Fall issue are "DNR memoirs," engaging tales from your  longtime DNR colleagues. Regular features mark the agency's anniversary as well, with "Outside in Wisconsin" highlighting the history of the Flambeau River State Forest and "Back in the day" reprinting a humorous take on hunting from the 1968 Conservation Bulletin.

That’s all for now.  Hope this finds you in good health and enjoying the change of seasons.