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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Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Jul 2, 2020

Julia Bledsoe Riley, age 66, of Madison, took her own life on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
An online memorial will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 1 p.m. CDT via a Zoom link. Please check back on the website to get the link. Go to our What's New page for the full obituary.

Retired Rick                                           Jun 9, 2020

Gen Gen Bancroft, age 89, passed away peacefully at home June 2, 2020. Memorials may be made to the Columbia County Alzheimer Alliance Group. The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family. Go to our 'What's New' page for full obituary.

Retired Rick                                           May 24, 2020

James Hughes, 68, died Tuesday, May 19, at his home. He retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air Management Program. Go to our What's New page for the full obituary.

Retired Rick                                           May 8, 2020

Howard S. Stan Druckenmiller, age 75, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Due to current health restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. See Stan's full obituary on our 'What's New' page.

Retired Rick                                           Apr 15, 2020

Annual spring fish & wildlife public hearing and WCC county meeting
In-person meetings canceled, public input still accepted online April 13-16

The public will continue to have the opportunity to provide input on the natural resources advisory questions from the DNR, Natural Resources Board (NRB), and WCC through the online input option.

The online input option will go live at 7 p.m. on April 13 and will remain open for three days (72 hours). Go here to participate.

Retired Rick                                           Apr 15, 2020

ARC Member Jerry Vande Heis son, Tim age 54, passed away on Friday April 10, 2020. He lived in Janesville and worked most of his career for Ecolab, Taylor Company/United Technologies Corporation, now Middleby Marshall. Go here for complete obituary

Retired Rick                                           Mar 25, 2020

News from Bob Dumke 'Last Friday I met the oncologist surgeon who will do surgery if we take that path. She indicated that recent tests have revealed that I may also have lymphoma. If so, they will address that cancer first. Good success can be expected with chemotherapy. They have also added more tests this upcoming week to see if the cancer has spread anywhere else in my body. An MRI of my brain a week ago did not reveal cancer in my brain but it did confirm that I had a stroke in December.

As of now, the surgery is considered major with partial removal of the pancreas, partial removal of the colon, and removal of the spleen plus connective tissue. I am now registered in the University of Arizona Cancer Center and I have a team of specialists planning my treatment. Things move a lot faster now and that is necessary because cancer surgery is among the few services they are allowed to perform. The hospitals here are on lock-down given the coved-19 requirements. If we do surgery, I presume that will occur in mid-April. A preliminary surgery may take place first to obtain some tissue samples.

Ill keep you appraised of my prognosis.'
Bob Dumke.

Retired Rick                                           Feb 19, 2020

Read about Maple Tree new ownership here!!!

Retired Rick                                           Feb 19, 2020

Mid-Winter News from Wisconsin's Green Fire is posted here

Retired Rick                                           Feb 19, 2020

Robert Ole Ellingson, 91, of the Town of New Hope, Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020 . A Memorial Service for Bob will be held at North New Hope Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 21st, with Reverend Michael Peuse officiating. Memorial Visitation will be held at the church on Friday 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North New Hope Lutheran Church Scholarship Endowment Fund and Cemetery Fund. Voie Funeral Home of Iola is assisting the family with arrangements. Register Book and online condolences may be sent by visiting

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