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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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Welcome to the ARC Breaking News/Action page where you are encouraged to enter items members may be interested in reading that are too timely to wait for discussion at our next monthly meeting.

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Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Oct 10, 2022

DNR HOSTING LAKE MICHIGAN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PUBLIC MEETING OCT. 24

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public meeting to gather feedback on the future management of salmon and trout in Lake Michigan.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at Lakeshore Technical Colleges Centennial Hall West in Cleveland, Wisconsin. The public can also attend virtually via Zoom.

DNR staff will present management options and stakeholders will be able to share ideas and input on these fisheries management initiatives.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 5, 2022

CHECK CONIFER TREES FOR SEVERE ROOT DISEASE

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to check needle-bearing trees for signs of a harmful disease and report their findings to the department.

Heterobasidion root disease (HRD) is a severe fungal infection that kills pines, spruces and other conifers in Wisconsin. This fall, watch for new, bright white growths on conifer bases, stumps, seedlings and saplings. To find the fungi, you may need to scrape away needles and other debris. The DNR maintains an online map with all known locations of HRD. Please report suspected cases to your local forest health specialist.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 5, 2022

DNR RECOMMENDS TESTING DEER FOR CWD BEFORE CONSUMING VENISON
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to get their deer tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) before consuming venison.

As a precaution, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization recommend against consuming meat from deer that test positive for the disease. Because infected deer can look healthy, DHS encourages testing for the disease regardless of your harvested deers physical condition, especially in areas where CWD is known to be present.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 3, 2022

DNR NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ARPA WELL COMPENSATION AND WELL ABANDONMENT GRANT PROGRAMS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Well Compensation and Well Abandonment Grant Programs. The DNR will accept applications until funding runs out.

The new programs will provide $10 million in financial assistance to well owners to address contamination in their wells by awarding grants for the replacement, reconstruction, treatment or abandonment of their well. The eligibility criteria for both programs have been expanded beyond the previous Well Compensation Grant Program, and many previously ineligible individuals will now be eligible to apply.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 30, 2022

DNR, WHEDA HOST HOME AND HABITAT FEST AT HAVENWOODS STATE FOREST EVENT UNITES HOUSING AND NATURAL RESOURCES

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) invite the public to the first Home and Habitat Fest, an afternoon of free food, live music and family-friendly activities focused on housing and natural resources at Havenwoods State Forest in Milwaukee at 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Our vision for the future is to create more opportunities for our community to enjoy Havenwoods, engage with existing resources through the help of some of our partners and feel welcome in natural surroundings, said DNR Secretary Preston D. Cole, a featured guest speaker at the event.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 30, 2022

2021-2022 WINTER WOLF SURVEY RESULTS & WOLF MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the 2021-2022 overwinter number of pack-associated wolves is estimated between 812 and 1,193 within the pack-occupied range, with the most likely estimate being 972 wolves in a total number of packs estimated to be between 243 352 packs, with a most likely value of 288 packs. The complete 2022 annual wolf monitoring report will be available on the DNRs Wildlife Habitat webpage once ready.

While the wolf population estimate is lower than the previous winter, the current population remains nearly as large and widespread as it has been in recent years. The observed decline does not indicate a wolf population in biological jeopardy.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 29, 2022

BESADNY ANADROMOUS FISH FACILITY AND ROOT RIVER STEELHEAD FACILITY OPEN HOUSES 2022

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2022


Get a close-up look at how Wisconsin DNR fisheries crews give nature a helping hand to keep fishing great on Lake Michigan. Open houses at two of the states three egg collecting facilities along the lakes shore allow you to see DNR crews collecting eggs from fish. These eggs will be used to produce the next generation of fish to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the "big pond." Enjoy spin casting, knot-tying, concessions and educational programs as well.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 28, 2022

DNR RECOMMENDS PRECAUTIONS FOR HUNTERS HANDLING WILD GAME TO PREVENT EXPOSURE TO HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA

With the start of multiple waterfowl seasons and the fall bird migration ramping up, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks hunters to follow simple precautions when harvesting and handling wild birds because of the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state.

The current HPAI strain was first detected in Wisconsin and other midwestern states in March 2022. Recent findings of the virus in domestic and wild birds this fall illustrates that the virus is still present and circulating in the flyway, including in Wisconsin. Waterfowl are considered more susceptible to HPAI than other gamebirds, so hunters are advised to follow the precautions listed below.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 28, 2022

Text messages show Frederick Prehn sought to stay on DNR board to ensure conservative control

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON Frederick Prehn plans to remain on the Natural Resources Board at least until the November election, and his decision to remain a holdover past the expiration of his term in May 2021 was made with the encouragement of state senators seeking to block Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' appointments, newly released text messages reveal.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 23, 2022

DNR RELEASES 2021 PUBLIC SAFETY AND RESOURCE PROTECTION ANNUAL REPORT HUNTERS EDUCATION, RECREATIONAL VEHICLE REPORTS ALSO RELEASED

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released its 2021 Public Safety and Resource Protection Annual Report. The annual report showcases an active year for the DNRs Division of Public Safety and Resource Protection, including Wisconsins first criminal case involving invasive carp.

The report highlights the numerous strides made to protect the states water, air and land and the support provided to other law enforcement agencies in various situations, such as helping to keep fans safe during the Milwaukee Bucks national championship series.

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