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 2014?

Jeff Pagels New Book

From Jeff Pagels, "Some of you have asked if I was ever going to write a book. Well, I have! It is an autobiography called "Always Climb Higher" and is available as an E-book on Kindle or printed at Or, I can snail you one if you want it auto- graphed if you send me a mailing address.

You can go to 'Always Climb Higher' to read the 5 star reviews it has received so far."

Jeff Pagels
"Always Climb Higher"

202 N. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 187
Muscoda, WI 53573
(608)739-3188 or 1-800-221-3792


MUSCODA . . . The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board will sponsor a series of canoe outings on the Wisconsin River in early July. The large replica canoes commissioned by the State of Wisconsin in conjunction with the sesquicentennial in 1998 will be used for the trips that will explore different segments of the river from Prairie du Sac to Bridgeport. Seating is limited to 14 persons for each excursion and reservations are required. A waiting list will be developed in case of cancellations. The excursions will be led by Mark Cupp, Riverway Board Executive Director. Participants should bring their own beverages and food. No glass containers are allowed. Lifejackets and paddles will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own flotation device.

Cupp said, "This year marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway with the canoe trips being one way to showcase the remarkable lower Wisconsin River valley. The canoe trips are intended to provide the participants with a taste of the scenic beauty and natural character of the Riverway. There will be a sandbar stop during each trip to allow for discussion of the Riverway project and the associated archeological, historical and natural resources."

The schedule for the canoe trips is as follows:

Fri, June 27th
Muscoda to Port Andrew
9:00am to Noon
Mon, June 30th
Gotham to Muscoda
9:00am to Noon
Tues, July 1st
Prairie du Sac to Mazomanie
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Wed, July 2nd
Prairie du Sac to Mazomanie
11:00am to 2:00pm
Thurs, July 3rd
Port Andrew to Boscobel
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Mon, July 7th
Boscobel to Millville
9:00am to 3:00pm
Wed, July 9th
Spring Green to Lone Rock
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Thurs, July 10th
Muscoda to Port Andrew
Noon to 3:00pm
Fri, July 11th
Lone Rock to Gotham
9:00am to noon
Tue, July 15th
Muscoda to Port Andrew
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Duane Dupor, Top in His Age Bracket

Duane recently ran in the 2014 Crazy Legs Run and reports, "I had a great race. There were over 15,000 runners. It was cool about 42 degrees at the start of the race." He was first in his 75-79 age group, beating the second place finisher by 6 minutes! It is his 4th award from the event. The race is held annually and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin to raise money for their athletic programs.

May Meeting Guest Speaker Mark Cupp

Guest speaker Mark Cupp, Executive Director of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, attended the May meeting and gave a very informative presentation regarding the history of the Riverway Legislation and some of the challenges in administering the law.

New Officers for 2014

(l-r:) Barb Wolf, Secretary/Treasurer; Sheree Vande Brink, President; Laurel Steffes, Vice-President

The Wisconsin Conservation & Education Foundation is holding the "2nd Annual Conservation Banquet" on Saturday, February 22.

. . . go here for more banquet information.

The annual League of Wisconsin Voters Legislative Lobby Day is Tuesday, February 11, 2014 and they are looking for help!

. . . go here for more League information.

Read about WDNR Secretary Stepp's views on hunting, politics in resource management and employee morale.

. . . go here for Milwaukee magazine article.