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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What's New in 2013?

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Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Dear Conservation Partner,

On May 21st, the Joint Finance Committee slipped in an amendment to the state budget that would put our state's waters at risk. We are working hard to get it stripped out of the final budget. Please consider adding your organization's name to the letter below, which will be delivered to legislators before they take it up on the floor. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,


Jennifer Giegerich

Legislative Director
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

133 S. Butler St. Suite 320, Madison, WI 53703
Office: 608.661.0845 x7013 l Direct line: 608.208.1130
Fax: 608.260.9799

To: Wisconsin Legislators
Date: June 4, 2013
Re: Detrimental Groundwater Policy in the State Budget

Dear Legislator,

Groundwater provides drinking water for 70% of our citizens, supplies water for industries and businesses in 97% of Wisconsin’s communities, sources nearly all crop irrigation, and sustains springs, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users – businesses, municipalities, hunters, fishermen, and more – pay the consequences.

With no public notice, Motion #375 was adopted by the Joint Finance Committee into the state budget on Tuesday, May 21st. The amendment prohibits a citizen from challenging an application for a new high capacity well, even if the state has not considered the cumulative environmental impacts of other high capacity wells.

This amendment will have far-reaching implications for our state, including our multi-billion dollar tourism and outdoor recreation industries. Depleted groundwater levels translate directly to low lake levels, barely-flowing rivers, and dry wetlands. Well-managed groundwater resources are absolutely vital to the fishing, hunting, boating and other recreational activities that are at the heart of Wisconsin’s $13 billion tourism industry.

As a legislator, it is critical that you consider the implications of this policy change on its own merits with all interested parties. A change this significant to a resource critical to all sectors of our state – our economy, our health, and our recreational opportunities – has no place in the state budget. We ask that you support removing the language contained in Motion #375 from the budget and ensure that Wisconsin’s groundwater is protected for future generations.

Thank you for your attention to this issue.



Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin's public health and natural resources.

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From Kermit Traska: Oakhill Correctional Facility, in Oregon, WI is looking for volunteers to help out in their Community Connections program. Community Connections is an organization from Oregon that works with prisoners at the Oakhill Correctional Institution to help transition them back into society upon release.

The Institution is looking for volunteers through Community Connections to facilitate (teach) pre-release courses. The courses include such topics as parenting, personal finances, housing and others. The volunteer is provided with complete outlines and all materials needed for the course.

Community Connections also helps with the Father Read program where the prisoner is video taped reading a book for their children. The book and a dvd are sent to the child.

If you are interested in volunteering at Oakhill through the Community Connections program, please contact Kermit Traska: e-mail: or by phone at 608-345-3021.

From Paul Didier: Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to deliver meals in the Madison area. To volunteer call Jamie the meals coordinator at Home Health United at 276-7582.

The meals are prepared by a company called Food Fight out of Sun Prarie. Food Fight reportedly also runs quite a few restaurants now like Johnny Delmonicos, Bloophies, Avenue Bar, etc!

The meals are delivered for pickup at four (4) different locations at different times between 10:45 and 11:30 AM each day.
  • Oakwood senior center on Mineral Point Rd. - 10:45AM
  • Family Planning on Olin Ave just west of the
    Coliseum Bar - 11:10AM
  • Web Crafters on Fordem Ave - 11:40 AM
  • San Domino religious brothers residence
    on Monona Drive - 11:30AM
Volunteers can choose a location of preference to pick up their meals and any day or days they are available do so. If help is needed on a given day they will call by about 9:00 AM, ask if you are available and if so assign a route.

The meals are packed in a hot & a cold insulated bag, usually for about anywhere from 8 to 14 recipients on any given route for that location. Also the State journal is provided to deliver with the meal.

Give me a call if you have any questions.

Learn more about the Meals on Wheels program here.

From Chuck Pils: UW Arboretum is looking for volunteers, "to get back out in the field". Volunteer for the UW by becoming an Arboretum Team Leader.

Click the link below to find out more. If you can't donate that much time . . . check out the interesting class offerings, that are open to all.

Learn more about the Arboretum
volunteering and training here.