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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Retired Rick                                           May 26, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to join us for the 10th annual Free Fun Weekend, June 4-5, 2022. State park admission fees, fishing licenses and trail passes are waived for all visitors.

Grab your family and friends and head outdoors for Free Fun Weekend and find your adventure. Wisconsin is home to 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, roughly 15,000 lakes and more.

The DNR encourages Wisconsinites to discover a new favorite park, trail, forest or recreation area or try a new activity over the weekend. Share your adventures during Fun Free Weekend using the hashtag #OutWiGo on Instagram.

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Retired Rick                                           May 25, 2022

2022 Elk Quota Set, Hunters Can Still Apply For Tag Till May 31

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Wisconsin residents that the chance to draw a 2022 elk hunting license ends on May 31. Wisconsinites can enter for their chance at the states only once-in-a-lifetime hunt while contributing crucial funding for elk conservation.

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Retired Rick                                           May 25, 2022


Due to technical difficulties, the streaming link for the May 25 Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has changed. The public can watch the meeting on the DNR YouTube channel here.

The meeting began at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, originating from Public Meeting Room G09, at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7-8 as listed on the Agenda.

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Retired Rick                                           May 14, 2022

The 'Granddaddy' returns: Elroy-Sparta trail reopens nearly four years after flood damage

KENDALL The bridges are rebuilt, the slopes restored and the tunnels are open for the season: Nearly four years after it was shut down by storms, the granddaddy of Americas trails is back.

On Saturday the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will celebrate the reopening of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail after completing some $2.3 million worth of repairs to a 20-mile stretch of the popular route, which runs through Monroe and Juneau counties.

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Retired Rick                                           May 14, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received confirmation last week that three wild red fox kits tested positive for a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that is currently affecting domestic and wild bird populations in North America. These cases represent the first detections of HPAI in wild Wisconsin mammals. Similar cases have been confirmed in foxes from Minnesota, Michigan, Ontario, Canada and Europe.

We dont have any evidence that foxes are a significant source of transmission for the virus, said Lindsey Long, DNR Wildlife Health Veterinarian. The three foxes in these cases most likely contracted the H5N1 strain of HPAI after eating infected wild birds.

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Retired Rick                                           May 6, 2022

Wisconsin Green Fire
2022 Wisconsin Field Forums: Experience Conservation in Action

This summer, Wisconsin's Green Fire will host a series of field forums across the state, featuring WGF member experts, together with partners, policy makers, and local stakeholders in the field.

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Retired Rick                                           May 3, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is excited to announce the 2022-2023 fishing season will open on Saturday, May 7. All regulations and license requirements apply.

No matter where anglers decide to fish, all Wisconsin residents and non-residents over the age of 16 are required to purchase a fishing license. You can buy licenses through Go Wild, the DNRs license portal, or from a license agent.

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Retired Rick                                           May 3, 2022


May is Clean Air Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) celebrates the accomplishments of the last year, including the improvement in overall air quality in Wisconsin.

The DNRs 2021 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends Report shows that air quality in Wisconsin continues to improve, including a 35% drop in fine particle concentrations, a dramatic reduction in emissions from industrial sources and motor vehicles and a 39% drop in industrial source emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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Laurel Steffes                                           Apr 30, 2022

Many of you spent time helping protect and restore Wisconsins endangered species. You may have checked bald eagle nests from a DNR plane, helped erect osprey platforms, worked with the public to develop the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, or contributed in other ways.

Five minutes of your time this May can help put conservation of endangered and declining nongame species on sound financial footing and save monarch butterflies, bats, bees, ornate box turtles and hundreds of other species from vanishing from Wisconsin.

Bipartisan federal legislation would bring $18 million a year to Wisconsin targeting more than 400 declining wildlife species. Please e-mail or call your U.S. Senator or Representative now and urge them to vote yes on the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act.
The legislation would provide the dedicated, stable funding needed to keep more species from becoming endangered. It would require no new taxes and the Senate version would pay for it from environmental fines paid by polluters.

Get more information about the Recovery Americas Wildlife Act and direct links to your Senators and Representatives

Comment Forms or telephone number at

More about how Recovering Americas Wildlife Act would benefit Wisconsin nongame species

Most money allocated by the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act --$1.3 billion annually --will go directly to voluntary state wildlife recovery efforts guided by the Wildlife Action Plans Congress mandates that states have. Proactive wildlife conservation to reverse declining populations saves money by addressing threats and keeping species off federal and state endangered species lists. Once on these lists, expensive emergency-room actions and more regulations are needed to save these species.

Tribal Nations would receive $97.5 million annually to fund proactive wildlife conservation on tribal lands and the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act would fund additional recovery efforts for about 1,600 U.S. species already on the federal Endangered Species List. In Wisconsin, that would mean more help for whooping cranes, piping plovers, rusty patched bumble bees and two dozen more endangered species.

In Wisconsin, a coalition of 30 conservation groups and conservationists nationwide have been working hard to secure passage of this crucial legislation. Groups as wide ranging as the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy and Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin are coming together to back this legislation. We need your help to get this historic legislation across the finish line before more species become extinct.

Get more information about the Recovery Americas Wildlife Act and direct links to your Senators and Representatives Comment Forms or telephone number at

Retired Rick                                           Apr 25, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making it easier for the public to get involved in decisions that affect the air they breathe by rolling out a new webpage to engage in the air permit process. The new webpage helps people find recent air permit actions and air permit input opportunities.

The federal Clean Air Act and Wisconsin laws call for public participation and input on air permit actions. The DNR is committed to making this process more accessible to the public.

The new webpage makes it easier for people to communicate with DNR staff and other stakeholders. The DNRs Meetings & Hearings Calendar, DNR staff contacts and links to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Title V petition process are also available.

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