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                                           Jul 21, 2022

Northern Wisconsin residents claim Wisconsin DNR is violating its own standards to protect water quality

Residents accuse DNR of allowing timber harvests too close to lakeshores

One Sunday morning in April two years ago, Ardis Berghoff set out with her friend John Schwarzmann for an early morning hike in the state forest around Whitney Lake near the town of Boulder Junction in northern Wisconsin.

"We started seeing paint marks on trees, and we both knew that was marking a timber sale. And as we got closer and closer to the lake, John got quieter and quieter," said Berghoff. "And I was just exclaiming out loud over and over again, 'My gosh. This looks like a heavy timber sale.'"

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 20, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is celebrating the anniversaries of 13 Green Tier participants and their commitment to protecting the environment.

Companies and organizations participating in the DNRs Green Tier program work toward reducing their environmental impacts and show improvement over time. They also have initiatives that go beyond their compliance requirements. All these efforts help improve the well-being of Wisconsin.

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 20, 2022

Fall hunting forecast features a mixed bag of gamebirds

When the fall gamebird seasons open, hunters are likely to find a mixed bag of more or fewer birds compared to last year.

Bird forecasts are usually indirect and made before spring recruitment has taken place.

Ruffed grouse numbers are the most anticipated and the species with the most data to ponder. Each spring drumming counts are conducted across most of the birds ranges, but some regions are left out because there are very few drumming males to count.

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 15, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments today on the North Central Regional Master Plan for properties it manages in the North Central Forest Ecological Landscape. The initial public comment period is open through Aug. 15, 2022.

The public can learn about and share perspectives on the DNRs regional master planning process for properties in the North Central Forest region through upcoming open house public meetings, the DNRs website and input forms. Following the close of the comment period, department staff will summarize the comments received and post them on the projects webpage.

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Retire Rick                                           May 3, 2022

General Fishing Season Opens May 7

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.

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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Retired Rick                                           Apr 21, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced Work Play Earth Day returns after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Wisconsinites have several opportunities to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) through acts of service and outdoor recreation at Wisconsin state parks throughout the month.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin native Gov. Gaylord Nelson to raise awareness about air and water pollution. Today Earth Day is observed around the globe and is commemorated as a full month of recognition, stewardship and celebration of the natural environment.

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Retired Rick                                           Apr 21, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2022 Spring Hearing questions and results are now available.

More than 28,000 people responded to the 2022 Spring Hearing questionnaire available April 11-14. The results and questions are available on the DNR website.

Im really happy to see the amount of participation we had for this years Spring Hearings. There were a lot of different topics and issues included and Im very pleased with the input and public discussions we had around the Spring Hearing questions this year," said Wisconsin Conservation Congress Chair Tony Blattler. "We also had a record number of people submit resolutions to the process over 500 and that tells me the public is interested and engaged in resource management. It clearly matters to them; its great to see.

The annual Spring Hearing is an opportunity for the public to provide input on a wide array of natural resources-related advisory questions presented by the DNR, Natural Resources Board (NRB) and Conservation Congress. The public also has the opportunity to provide input on resolutions that members of the public previously submitted.

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