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                                           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

Retired Rick                                           Jan 31, 2020

After the purge, Can Wisconsins DNR get its science mojo back? Read the Isthmus article here

Retired Rick                                           Jan 22, 2020

Dale Hochhausen, Wisconsin Conservation Warden named North American Resource Officer of 2019. Go here to read article.

Retired Rick                                           Dec 13, 2019

Dear ARC retirees,

The DNR magazine is planning a special tribute for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in our Spring issue. If anyone has photos of any events taken on the first Earth Day (April 21 or 22, 1970), please send them to Andrea Zani ( or Kathy Kahler ( or by mail to DNR Magazine, OC/2, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Well scan and return them and give credit. Thanks!

Retired Rick                                           Nov 17, 2019

Reindl, John Joseph
MILWAUKEEJohn Joseph Reindl passed away peacefully with family on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at the age of 71. Attended John Marshall, Jr., Sr. High, UW Madison. Born and Raised in Milwaukee. Dedicated environmentalist. Further notice will follow in February with information on a memorial gathering to be held in the Spring.

Retire Rick                                           Nov 5, 2019

See the latest SW Wisconsin, CWD, Deer & Predator Study here:
Field Notes, #11

Retired Rick                                           Oct 19, 2019

Douglas Wayne Morrissette, age 84, of Fitchburg, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC PARISH at ST. JOSEPHS, 1905 West Beltline Highway, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, with Mons. Thomas Baxter presiding

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