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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                                           Feb 12, 2024

HELP PROTECT WISCONSINS ENDANGERED RESOURCES THIS TAX SEASON MAKE A DONATION ON YOUR STATE TAX FORM

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages the public to give back to nature by donating to the Endangered Resources Fund on their Wisconsin income tax form.

The Endangered Resources Fund supports many of Wisconsins rarest plants and animal species. It has helped protect and restore some of the last remaining populations of declining species and special habitats like remnant prairies and oak savannas found in Wisconsins state natural areas. In other cases, the funds have helped support species for which Wisconsin may be an increasingly important stronghold.

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Retired Rick                                           Feb 6, 2024

DNR NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR GREAT WATERS PHOTO CONTEST AND WRITING PROJECT

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting entries for the 16th annual Great Waters Photo Contest and Writing Project through April 1, 2024. The top photographs and writing submissions will be featured in the DNR's Office of Great Waters next calendar.

The photo contest and writing project highlight how people connect with and value the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, inspiring greater care for these vast yet vulnerable resources.

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Retired Rick                                           Feb 6, 2024

CHOOSE WISELY A HEALTH GUIDE FOR EATING FISH IN WISCONSIN2024 2026

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Retired Rick                                           Feb 5, 2024

DNR SEEKING VOLUNTEER CAMPGROUND HOSTS FOR PROPERTIES STATEWIDE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers who like spending time outside, helping other outdoor enthusiasts and are passionate about Wisconsins natural resources to serve as volunteer campground hosts.

Volunteer opportunities are available at DNR properties in all parts of the state.

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Retired Rick                                           Feb 3, 2024

WISCONSIN DNR STATEMENT REGARDING USFWS WOLF RECOVERY PLAN

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is aware of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) proposal, announced today, to focus on a national wolf recovery plan. This announcement will result in no change to the listing status and wolves in Wisconsin will remain on the federal endangered species list.

The DNR will continue to follow the guidance laid out in the recently approved Wolf Management Plan to the extent consistent with the listed status, the DNRs authority and applicable laws.

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Retitred Rick                                           Feb 3, 2024

2024 STURGEON SPEARING SEASON OPENS FEB. 10

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to prepare for the sturgeon spearing season that will open Feb. 10, 2024 on the Winnebago System.

Under the current rule, the sturgeon spearing season opens on the second Saturday in February, regardless of weather conditions. It continues for 16 consecutive days unless closed early if harvest registration data indicates the harvest cap will be met.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 30, 2024

BALD EAGLE WATCHING DAYS TAKE FLIGHT FEB. 10 IN SAUK PRAIRIE ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to participate in the rescheduled 38th annual Bald Eagle Watching Days happening on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Sauk Prairie. All Bald Eagle Watching Days events are free and open to the public.

Bald eagle lovers can watch eagles soar above the Wisconsin River from a newly renovated overlook located at 490 Water St. in Prairie du Sac. Volunteers will be available at the overlook to help visitors spot eagles and answer questions from 8 a.m. 4 p.m.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 29, 2024

DNR Urban Forestry Program Announces Inflation Reduction Act Grants Program

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will award $4 million to local governments, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations through a competitive Urban Forestry

Inflation Reduction Act grants program. The program will support projects that positively impact trees and people within disadvantaged communities* in Wisconsin. Eligible projects must take place in or benefit those who live in disadvantaged communities as identified by the DNR on this map and list.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 26, 2024

Wisconsin wildlife officials warn of $16M shortfall as fewer people get hunting licenses

Wisconsin's wildlife management account will start the next two-year budget period nearly $16 million in the red thanks largely to dwindling hunting license sales, putting projects from fish stocking to habitat restoration in doubt, state Department of Natural Resources officials warned Wednesday.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 24, 2024

RAPIDLY CHANGING WEATHER BRINGS UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS STATEWIDE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges the public to practice ice safety on all of Wisconsins waterbodies and remember that no ice is safe ice.

Temperature swings, mixed precipitation and other factors are making ice unsafe to walk or drive on across much of the state, despite recent snowfall and subzero temperatures.

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