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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                                           Sep 21, 2022

DNR TO HOST OPEN HOUSES AT FISH SPAWNING FACILITIES IN OCTOBER

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting open houses at the Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility and Root River Steelhead Facility in October.

During the open house at Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility in Kewaunee, visitors can watch salmon egg collection demonstrations, enjoy fishing displays, take a guided tour of the facility and adopt a sturgeon for river release. The Algoma Kewaunee Great Lakes Sport Fisherman will be providing wagon rides, and food and drink will be available for sale.

The open house at the Root River Steelhead Facility in Racine will feature guided tours and fish spawning demonstrations. Volunteers from Salmon Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and the Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association will provide educational fishing stations where visitors can try casting techniques and receive knot- and fly-tying lessons.

Read More Here.

Retired rick                                           Sep 16, 2022

WISCONSIN NRB MEETING SEPT. 27-28

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in-person for the September board meeting to consider several proposed rulemaking documents, hearings, land items and donations. Rulemaking documents include preliminary public hearing notices, scope statements and one rule for final adoption.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, originating from Northwood Technical College, 2100 Beaser Ave., Ashland, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7-8 as listed on the Agenda.

The public is encouraged to watch the August board meeting on the DNRs YouTube channel.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Sep 13, 2022

DNR RELEASES CLIMATE ACTION REPORT

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a climate action report highlighting agency accomplishments in 2021 related to climate change and environmental equity.

Wisconsins climate is changing, with far-ranging consequences for the people of Wisconsin, natural resources and major economic sectors. All communities are impacted by climate change. However, communities of color, tribal nations, and low-income communities are often the first and worst hit by pollution, industry shifts, extreme weather related to climate change and other environmental health hazards.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Sep 13, 2022

FIND PUBLIC LAND TO HUNT THIS SEASON USING DNR ONLINE MAPPING TOOLS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages the public to hunt on public land this hunting season. With millions of acres of public land available across the state, finding the perfect spot is easy using the DNR's array of online public land mapping tools.

From the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the north to the prairies of the wildlife areas in the south and everything in between Wisconsin hunters have some of the best public land access east of the Mississippi River.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Sep 12, 2022

REGISTER NOW FOR THE WISCONSIN SUMMIT FOR NATURAL RESOURCES VOLUNTEERS OCT. 68

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages those with an interest in our natural environment to participate in the upcoming Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers from October 6-8.

The Summits theme is Nature and People: Nurturing Each Other. The three-day event will feature a choose your own adventure format at several venues in Waukesha, focusing on small group outdoor workshops, field explorations and presentations. The event is open to adults 18 and older. Master Naturalist certification is not required.

While we see the positive impacts natural resources volunteers have on our natural world, we are still learning to appreciate the benefits that time spent in nature has for our physical and mental well-being, said Becky Sapper, Director, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program, UWMadison Division of Extension.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Sep 9, 2022

DNR SEEKING HUNTER EDUCATION VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers with a passion for teaching hunting or shooting and a desire to pass on safe hunting skills, including the safe handling of firearms, to become certified hunter education instructors in Wisconsin.

Although Wisconsins hunting season has already begun, any time is a great time to become a certified hunter education volunteer instructor..

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Sep 9, 2022

From: Dale Lang
Sent: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Subject: FW: Info 9-8-22

Almost forgot! Lunch next Tuesday!
Lunch schedule
Sep 13 Black Bear! Lets try it again.
Oct 11 CTs
Nov 8 Shamrock
Dec 13 CTs

Shamrock, downtown Lake Tomahawk, 7235 Bradley Street (Hwy 47). There was a potential sale, but it didnt go through, so its the same owners, for now. http://www.shamrockpubandeatery.com/

CTs Deli, downtown Rhinelander, 17 N Brown St. http://cheftomsdeli.com/ We have the Community Room. Since this is a deli, you order your drinks and food at the counter, pick up your drinks, then they call your name when your food is ready and you get it from the food counter. It might be good if you place your order when you get there, so were not all ordering at the same time.

Black Bear, 11045 Hwy 70 W, Minocqua 54548 https://www.facebook.com/blackbearbar54548 About 5 miles west of 51 on 70.

I know Im likely missing recent retirees. I dont have a way to learn about them unless they (or one of you) contact me. Like Jim Woodford, our newest! Natural Heritage Conservation Biologist (Endangered Resources), Rhinelander. Welcome, Jim!

From the Rhinelander Service Center:
Good afternoon, retirees! Hope you are all doing well. If any of you are interested, Pat Goggin will be holding a native planting day and cook out at the Rhinelander Service Center on September 16, 2022 from 10AM to 2PM. Hot dogs and brats will be served at noon for the volunteers. Please see below for further information. Please feel free to pass this along to other retirees that may be interested. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you again! Take care!

Retired Rick                                           Sep 8, 2022

DNR SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED ELECTRONIC CHARTER FISHING HARVEST REPORTING SYSTEM

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on Sept. 19 for a proposed rule that would require daily electronic harvest reporting for all Lake Michigan and Lake Superior charter fishers, meaning those required to hold an outlying water sport trolling license.

Charter fishing harvest reporting has been mandatory since 1976 and is vital for Great Lakes fisheries management. This electronic harvest reporting would replace the current paper reporting system, saving time and reducing errors. Accurate harvest records are important and electronic reporting would provide real-time harvest data.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Sep 2, 2022

SHARP-TAILED GROUSE HUNTING SEASON REMAINS CLOSED FOR FALL 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the fall 2022 sharp-tailed grouse hunting season remains closed due to spring survey results and concerns over the long-term viability of the sharp-tailed grouse population. Permits and applications will not be available or accepted this year.

Each year, the sharp-tailed grouse advisory committee, which consists of interested conservation groups and DNR wildlife biologists, uses spring dancing ground surveys to evaluate the size of the population.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Aug 26, 2022

Greetings NE Region Retirees:

Hard to believe summer is winding down. Look for a luncheon in Green Bay early this fall.

Date to be determined. We are invited to join ARC for their September. If you have trouble opening the links from ETF, please go to their website.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Peggy

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HEALTH INSURANCE UPDATE FROM ETF:

The Group Insurance Board has approved a modest health insurance premium increase and expanded service areas and provider networks for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program in 2023. Despite the departure of WEA Trust from the program, members will have more health plan choices.
Concerned about the impact of a significant premium increase on members and employers, the Board approved using surplus funds from past program cost savings and investments to reduce rate increases in 2023.
Primary drivers of the rate increases are medical costs for ongoing care and the effects of delayed care for acute or chronic health conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Eileen Mallow, director of the Office of Strategic Health Policy at the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Increased pharmacy costs particularly for specialty drugs were also a contributing factor.
2023 Health Insurance Premiums
The overall state health insurance premium increase for plan year 2023 is 4.0%. The Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management determines both the state employee contribution to the premium and the employer contribution to the Health Savings Account. Those amounts will be available prior to the annual open enrollment period, September 26 October 21, 2022.
For participating local government employees, the overall health insurance premium increase for plan year 2023 is 5.4%. Premiums vary based on the employee share set by their employers. Local employees will receive rate information directly from their employers.
2023 Health Plan Changes
WEA Trust will no longer offer health insurance as of December 31, 2022. This change affects approximately 52,000 members who will need to select a new health plan for 2023 during open enrollment.
ETF worked with health plans to provide all members with more choices in 2023, said Mallow. The expanded service areas and provider networks should fill the gaps created by the departure of WEA Trust from the program.

The Board approved the following changes effective January 1, 2023:
* Dean Health Plan will offer the Access Plan and State Maintenance Plan.
* UnitedHealthcare will offer Medicare Plus.
* Security Health Plan will be a new plan serving west central Wisconsin with access to the Marshfield Clinic Health System.
* Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative has partnered with Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire to serve eastern Wisconsin.
* GHC of Eau Claire River Region is a new coverage option in west central Wisconsin.
* Dean Health Plan Prevea360 West and Mayo Clinic Health System have partnered to serve western Wisconsin.
* HealthPartners Southeast will provide coverage in southeastern Wisconsin.
See Upcoming Health Plan Changes for more information and resources. ETF will offer vendor and health benefit webinars during open enrollment to assist members in making benefits decisions.
or More Information
* Group Insurance Board August 17, 2022 Meeting Agenda and Materials
* Upcoming Health Plan Changes

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Subject: RE: Sad news

Many people asked me to pass along the details for Marsha Burzynskis memorial gathering. It will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 12-6PM at Grant Park in South Milwaukee. It will be at the shelter in Picnic Area 5A.

Please send this on to others I missed.

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