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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

There will be no March in-person meeting.

Stay tuned for a Zoom call announcement.

Thank you for your consideration.



Hi ARC members,

Here we are, a whole year since we have been able to meet person-to-person. Fortunately, I assume most of us have signed up for Covid vaccinations and are somewhere between a first and second shot.  I am holding out hope that we will be able to pull off our annual picnic this summer.  In the meantime, Rick Wojack is keeping us nominally in touch with Zoom meetings.

In the last month, Dean Tvedt passed away.  He was a regular attendee at ARC luncheons. His obituary is on the News Now tab.  Besides being one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever met, he was a true pioneer in communications for DNR.  He moved DNR from film and a weekly TV show (with Wilbur Stites) to state of the art video, and enabled DNR to showcase the important field work of staff. He stayed behind the camera, never seeking recognition for himself. I feel very privileged to have worked with him.

We were fortunate to have Todd Ambs, DNR Deputy Secretary, at our February Zoom meeting.  Our March meeting features Dave Clutter, the Natural Resources Foundation’s Executive Director since September 2019. A meeting invitation has gone out—should be a good presentation!  Hope you can sign up.  The Zoom meetings are lasting an hour or less, and I have to say, we are getting pretty good at them.  As always, after the business meeting, there will be an opportunity for folks to chat and catch-up.

To follow up on past business, at ARC’s January meeting, members voted unanimously to have ARC endorse reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for ten years at $50 million per year. The actual budget recommendation was even better.  The Governor put Stewardship in his budget at $70 million per year for ten years.  The next obstacle will be getting it through the legislative Joint Finance Committee.  Contacting your representative and committee members can be very powerful.  Most make it easy with an on-line message form. Information and ARC’s letter to Gov. Evers is under the News Now tab.

I hope to see you on-line March 3 at 10:30 for our Zoom meeting.  If you can’t locate your signup email, just contact retiredrick@wisarc.org  and he will set you up.  Until then, take care. 

Laurel

P.S.  Sneak peek:  Our April Zoom meeting will feature member-requested speaker Tim Eisele, talking about outdoor writing and reporting (with some historical DNR slides), covering the NRB, and his conservation work.