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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.

website contact: retiredrick@wisarc.org

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.

If you misplaced the Comment Code, please email me here.

Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Jan 12, 2024

WISCONSIN NRB MEETING JAN. 24

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) will meet in-person for the January board meeting to consider several proposed rulemaking documents, a proposed land sale and donations.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, originating from public meeting room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF2), 101 S. 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                                           Jan 9, 2024

DNR TO HOLD CAREER FAIRS AROUND THE STATE THROUGHOUT JANUARY

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites any member of the public interested in exploring a potential career with the DNR to attend any of four in-person career fairs taking place throughout the month of January. The fairs will be held in Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Appleton and Stoughton starting Jan. 13.

The DNR employs passionate, knowledgeable and natural resource-focused individuals. Representatives from several divisions including parks, forestry, wildlife, conservation wardens and environmental management will be present.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the natural resource field and explore full-time and part-time job opportunities with the DNR.

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DuWayne Gebken                                           Jan 9, 2024

Lew Posekany (1916-2004) will be inducted posthumously into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame at 6:30 PM on April 17, 2024. The induction will be carried out using Zoom so anyone can attend. Lew is best known for saving the Namekgon River from being impounded, enabling it and St. Croix River to be included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The result of the Supreme Court case on the Namekagon had a profound impact on the public trust in waterways. Lew was also a dedicated protector of trout streams, earning him the coveted Silver Trout Award from Trout Unlimited.

Retired Rick                                           Jan 9, 2024

Subject: Steve Fajfer Funeral Arrangements

Good morning everybody. Ann passed along the funeral arrangements for Steve. A memorial celebration will be held February 17th at the WW2 Memorial building in Wautoma from 11 to 3:30.

www.hollyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Steven-Fajfer

Please feel free to pass the info along to any current and former staff and cooperating groups that knew and worked with Steve over the years.

Jess

Retired Rick                                           Jan 5, 2024

OUTWIGO FOR FREE FISHING WEEKEND JAN. 20-21

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 20 21 to share the fun and excitement of winter fishing. No fishing license or trout and salmon stamps are required.

Anglers can fish in state waters where there is an open fishing season. All other fishing regulations apply, including limits on the size and number of fish that can be kept and any seasons when anglers must release certain fish species.

As a reminder, anglers cannot fish spring trout ponds during the winter Free Fishing Weekend. Please review the trout regulations and the 2023-2024 Hook and Line regulations for more information.

If you plan to keep fish, review the DNR's Safe Eating Guidelines to stay informed of potential consumption advisories impacting some waterbodies throughout the state.

Winter Fishing Reminders

Remember, no ice is 100% safe. Always tell someone where you are fishing and when you'll return before heading out on the ice. Also, check in with local bait shops for current ice conditions. If conditions are questionable, opt to cast to open water from shore.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 5, 2024

2024 STATE PARK ACCESSIBLE CABIN RESERVATIONS OPEN JAN. 10

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin accepting 2024 reservations for accessible cabins at Wisconsin state park properties the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Applications can be mailed or dropped off at the state park, forest or recreational area individuals wish to reserve. Mailed applications must have a postmark of Jan. 10, 2024 or later to be accepted.

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Retired Rick                                           Dec 18, 2023

DNR SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2023 HUNTER AND ARCHERY EDUCATION AWARDS

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS IS FEB. 15


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting nominations for the 2023 Hunter Education Instructor of the Year, Hunter Education Group of the Year and Archery Education Instructor of the Year awards.

Current hunter and archery education instructors and hunter education groups that have significantly advanced hunter safety on a voluntary basis through extraordinary service are eligible to be nominated.

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                                          Dec 8, 2023

From: Hasz, Justine R - DNR
Sent: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this email to you all today. Over the past weekend former Wild Rose Hatchery Supervisor Steve Fajfer passed away after a year long battle with cancer.

Steve retired in 2017 after a 38 year career with the DNR and the fisheries program. For over 20 years Steve was the supervisor of the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery and was instrumental in the renovations of the hatchery that make it our flag ship facility raising 6 species that are stocked in the Great Lakes and Inland waters across the State.

At this time there is no specific information on services for Steve but we are expecting that services will be held in January.

Retired Rick                                           Dec 1, 2023

DNR NAMES MADISON RESIDENT JIM TRUMPY STATE NATURAL AREAS STEWARD OF THE YEAR

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced Madison resident Jim Trumpy as the 2023 State Natural Areas Volunteer Steward of the Year for his contributions to Mazomanie Oak Barrens State Natural Area.

Driven to help, Trumpy has volunteered at Mazomanie Oak Barrens State Natural Area for the past eight years. He learned about the need during a field trip to the site, where he learned about this unique property. After the trip, he asked one of the leaders if they needed help managing the site.

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Retired Rick                                           Nov 29, 2023

SPRING TURKEY HARVEST AUTHORIZATION APPLICATIONS DUE DEC. 10

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds wild turkey hunters that applications for the 2024 spring season are due by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2023.

Hunters can apply for harvest authorizations or purchase preference points toward future drawings through Go Wild or an authorized license agent.

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