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                                           October 29, 2018

Richard Narf, age 79, of Oregon, passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, due to complications from an infection. See complete obituary here

Retired Rick                                           Nov 4, 2018

Donald Beghin passed away at St. Marys Hospital, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. See complete obituary here

Retired Rick                                           Oct 21, 2018

David Larry Sperling, age 66, of Madison, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at SSM Health-St. Marys Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

Retired Rick                                           Oct 6, 2018

Chuck Pils continues to recover from being hit on September 17th, by a car. while riding his bicycle. He has been transferred to the UW Rehab Center,

Retired Rick                                           Aug 16, 2018

ARC member Ted Pyrek passed away on Monday August 13. Obituary below:

Retired Rick                                           Jun 15, 2018

Lee Lovett, age 78, of DeForest, Wis., passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.

A memorial service for Lee will be held at BASHFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 329 North St., Madison, Wis., at 12 Noon, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, with Dr. Amanda Stein presiding. A visitation will be held at the church, at 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Retired Rick                                           Jun 12, 2018

Management and Budget Director Joe Polasek died over the weekend after a battle with lung cancer.

Visitation is this Friday from 1-4 pm at Gunderson Funeral Home at 5203 Monona Drive. Then 5:30 to whenever at the Come Back Inn to celebrate his life.

                                          Mar 12, 2018

Jim Schmidt has announced his retirement after 38+ years with the DNR. His last day in the office will be Friday, March 30.

A gathering is planned at Madisons (119 King Street) at 4:00 on March 29 to toast Jims career and to wish him a happy retirement.

Wisconsin Green Fire Issue Papers                                           Mar 8, 2018

Wisconsin Green Fire is beginning to pump out position papers. They are actively seeking reviewers, authors, etc. Check out what they've developed at

Candy                                           Mar 5, 2018

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