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

Barbara Wolf                                           Sep 16, 2016

Here's a reminder for current group health insurance program participants. Have you earned your 2016 Well Wisconsin Incentive? Complete both the wellness assessment and health survey now to avoid delays in payment. Incentives earned after October 31 will not be issued until January 2017. For more information, go to and see who is eligible, find further links to your health plan's physician form and health survey, and register for an onsite biometric screening.

Retired Rick                                           Sep 14, 2016

From Darrell Zastrow:

After 24 years of dedicated service to the DNR, Paul DeLong is leafing the agency to pursue another opportunity. In October Paul will become the Vice President of Conservation with the American Forest Foundation. As he branches out in his new endeavor, we will certainly miss our bud and pine away thinking about days gone by. No more can we needle our friend or bark at him about our challenges here at DNR. A gathering is planned to bring some crown closure to a great career in DNR as well as to celebrate this jolly good willow.ehfellow.

We'll be hosting an open house to celebrate Paul's career with DNR and wish him well! Please join us as we root for him in his new venture! Cake will be served.

Following the open house, we will gather at the downtown Great Dane. Hope to see you there!

Paul DeLong Farewell Open House
Thursday, September 29
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., GEF2, Room G09
The celebration will continue after 4:30 at Great Dane

If you wish to contribute toward a parting gift and sign a card for Paul, please see one of the following-or forward contributions via mail-by September 23:

*Kelsey Pickart - GEF2, AD/8
*Melody Marshall - GEF2, FR/4

Please share this message with your staff and others who may be interested. Thanks!

Kurt Welke                                           Aug 24, 2016

Dan Fuller Retirement Party
Sat Sept 10
Leland Town Park, Leland,WI
1 pm- 7 pm
Brats, burgers, chicken at 4 pm
Refreshments provided
** NOTE: Side dish POTLUCK .Bring a dish to pass: salad, veggie, hors d'ouvres


Checks payable to : Kurt Welke
4214 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI 53711

Number of Guests @ $7.. _______ Something for Danno . _______
TOTAL... _______

Barbara Wolf                                           Aug 14, 2016

We were saddened to hear of the death of Steve Miller on August 8. Steve retired last October and attended our February meeting. He worked for Wisconsin DNR since 1974 starting his career in wildlife management in Shawano, Marinette and Cumberland; later he was Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Management, served as Division Administrator for Resource Management, and from 2003 until retirement, Steve was Director of the Bureau of Facilities and Lands.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 15, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6651 Prairie View Dr., Sun Prairie, WI 53590.

The Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin has established an endowment fund in Steve's name.

MaryEllen Vollbrecht                                           Jul 27, 2016

Dear colleagues,

It's time for a bon voyage. August 5 will be my last day at DNR. On the 6th, I'll be taking off on a year or so of bicycling. My knees won't last forever so I'm going cycling now - but I'll be back at some point and expect to continue working on water-related issues. It's hard to leave the staff and projects in the Groundwater Section. We're in the midst of some really important projects that will provide new options for reducing contamination risk for drinking water supplies. Over the next three weeks I'll be working as hard as I can to contribute to continued progress on our GW projects. After that, you can find me at

I hope to see as many of you as possible for a bon voyage party after work on Thursday, August 4 - watch for details to follow.

Debbie Kundert                                           Jul 27, 2016

I want to let you know that I will be retiring and my last day in the office will be Friday, August 12th. I have worked with many of you for years and years, and have only recently met some of you. Honestly, I won't miss the work per se, however I will miss all the great people I've worked with over the years, the friendships made, and helping out Southern District/South Central Region staff.

The time is right for me focus on non-work activities and things I just haven't had time to do.

(We will be celebrating Deb's retirement on Thursday, August 11th from 1-3 at the Fitchburg office)

I began working for the State in January 1977, you do the math...It's

Time for me to fly
Oh, I've got to set myself free
Time for me to fly
And that's just how it's got to be
I know it hurts to say goodbye
But it's time for me to fly
REO Speedwagon

Retired Rick                                           Jul 25, 2016

Kathryn Irene Warren, age 54, passed away unexpectedly due to medical complications on Thursday, July 21, 2016. She worked for many years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She loved her job and working with people. Kathy loved music, reading, and the outdoors.

See What's New page for obituary.

Retired Rick                                           Jul 17, 2016

Russel T. Perttunen, age 78, passed away peacefully at home, on July 13, 2016. Russ worked for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for 31 years as an accountant, before retiring in January 1995.

See What's New page for obituary.

Retired Rick                                           Jul 8, 2016

Walter J. Adams, 81, of Campbellsport, long time Superintendent of the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Hospice Home of Hope, Fond du Lac.

See What's New page for obituary.

Roger Larson and Dave Marshall                                           Jul 7, 2016

This is an open invitation to ARC members and other retired and current DNR staff to celebrate the accomplishments of retired DNR staff at an event organized by the River Alliance of Wisconsin on Sunday August 14 at the Mead Education and Visitor Center near Millador, Wisconsin near Stevens Point and Marshfield. This celebration will provide an opportunity to reconnect with field staff and share past experiences. Details of this event are listed below:

Celebrating Your Career in Conservation

Join us to honor the men and women who have retired from their service to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A celebratory event benefiting the River Alliance of Wisconsin.

*Commune with colleagues (past and present). Find out 'Where are they now?'
*Commiserate (a bit) about the state of natural resource protection in Wisconsin.
*Celebrate the good work done by the people at the DNR.
*Support the River Alliance's work to save Wisconsin's rivers.

Sunday, August 14

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Stanton E. Mead Education & Visitor Center
S2148 County Hwy S
Milladore, WI 54454
(Between Stevens Point and Marshfield)

Tickets are $50 per person (includes cookout style dinner and beer).
Purchase tickets online at:

Proceeds will benefit water conservation and citizen advocacy programs managed by River Alliance of Wisconsin.

Generously sponsored by:
Dave Clausen, Matt Frank, George Meyer, Dave Marshall, Bob and Kathy Martini, Ken Schreiber and Anita Adams, Gordon Stevenson

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