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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Hi ARC members:

The annual ARC picnic was a real delight! We dodged a bullet on weather that day.  And well over 100 people attended – including representatives from the Green Bay and Eau

Claire DNR retiree groups.  Judging by the laughter and din of conversations, everyone had a good time.  After nearly a year and a half of Covid precautions, catching up with former colleagues felt good.

Assuming they get this Covid delta variant under control, our next meeting takes us to the Great Dane-Fitchburg for lunch on September 1st.  Thanks to Linda Netzer for setting that up.

In line with our efforts to forge relationships and keep current with the activities of regional DNR retiree groups, Dale Lang has shared the fall meeting schedule for the Rhinelander folks.  You can find it on our website ( under the “NEWS NOW” tab.  Drop-ins appear welcome.

As a reminder, we try to post general interest DNR news releases, notice of policy input or citizen research opportunities, and links to major DNR-related news stories under “NEWS NOW,” as well.  You can share news there, too.  Check with Rick ( for how-to.

The “What's New” tab features notices of new members. And if you have heard a former colleague has passed and are looking for information about a memorial or to send condolences, try looking on the “What's New” tab.  Rick does a great job keeping that information current.

Finally, check out the photos tab.  You will see a lot of familiar smiling faces there from recent meetings.

There is much much more at  We are so fortunate to have such a comprehensive and up-to-date website devoted to our organization.  When you have the computer on, take a look.  I will try to share highlights about it periodically.

The management team is looking into luncheon speakers for this fall.  We will share information on that when we have it.  In the meantime, take care and keep your mask handy to stay healthy.