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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Retired Rick                                           Apr 1, 2022


MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in-person for the April board meeting to consider several proposed rules, hearings, land items and donations.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, originating from Public Meeting Room G09, at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7-8 as listed on the Agenda.

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

The deadline to register for remote public appearance requests and to submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. There will be no in-person public appearances.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 18, 2022

Holiday Hunt, Extended Archery, Bonus Harvest Authorizations And More White-tailed buck. Attend your countys deer advisory council meeting March 21-31.

The first round of County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) public meetings is starting March 21.

At each meeting, County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) will consider recommendations on holiday hunts, extended archery seasons and antlerless deer quotas.

Make sure youre part of the conversation. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website for info on your countys meeting date, time and Zoom link:

Go Here to Find Your County.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 17, 2022

The prince, the mayor, and the U.S. fish that ate Japan

An innocent gift from Chicago to Prince Akihito in 1960 caused a decades-long ecological crisis that Japanese scientists are now close to solving.

When Crown Prince Akihito visited Chicago on October 3, 1960, his sole request was to visit Shedd Aquarium. Then Mayor Richard J. Daley, an avid angler, presented the prince with a gift that he scooped with a net from one of the tanks himself: 18 bluegills, the official Illinois state fish.

The 26-year-old future emperor was already a passionate ichthyologist, and he planned to stock the exotic fish in the moat surrounding his palace, according to accounts in the Chicago Tribune at the time.

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Retired Riick                                           Mar 15, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the first round of County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) public meetings will take place March 21-31.

At each meeting, County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) will consider recommendations on holiday hunts, extended archery seasons and antlerless deer quotas.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting for the county where they hunt and give the department feedback on what theyd like to see this fall. Anyone interested in listening to their county's meeting can join virtually via Zoom.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 14, 2022

ETF Announces Pension Increases for WRS Retirees

MARCH 9, 2022

Due to a third straight year of double digit returns by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Retirement System retirees will receive pension payment increases this year. The Core annuity adjustment is 7.4% and the Variable annuity adjustment is 15.0%. The increases will first be reflected on the May 1 annuity payment.

Department of Employee Trust Funds Secretary John Voelker and ETF Board Chair Wayne Koessl approved the adjustments, following recommendations by the ETF Boards consulting actuary.

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                                          Mar 11, 2022

The timber detectives on the front lines of illegal wood trade

Germanys Center of Competence on the Origin of Timber tracks down which EU wood imports come from illegal sources in the worlds third-biggest criminal sector.

HAMBURG, GERMANY Under tungsten light on a bleak winter day, Gerald Koch gazes up from a black microscope, adjusts his rimless glasses, and gestures at a monitor displaying a slice, thinner than a hair, of suspected illegal timber.

I only need to look at these two to know immediately it comes from South America, he says, pointing at a pair of large white cells on a canvas of charcoal gray. This is down to our years of experience.

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                                          Mar 11, 2022

Wisconsin Invasive Species Council Now Accepting 2022 Invader Crusader Nominations. Nominate Residents Who Protected Lands And Wildlife From Invasive Species

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council is now accepting nominations for the Invader Crusaders Awards through March 29, 2022.

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                                          Mar 10, 2022

To: Peggy
Subject: NER Luncheon April 27 Rock Garden 11:45 and Palmer Johnson built Russian boat

Hello Retirees,

The next NER Retiree (and guest) luncheon will be Wednesday, April 27. (not April 30 as previously listed)

When: Wednesday, April 27

Time: 11:45 Social - 12:30 Lunch - order off limited menu

Where: 1951 West (Rock Garden) 1951 Bond St., Green Bay (920) 497-4701

RSVP: Please reply to Peggy through this email or call 920-497-9780 and indicate the number attending.


Many of you have seen this boat while it was being built in Sturgeon Bay by Palmer Johnson in 2013 I recall seeing it and found this info very interesting.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 5, 2022

Retired conservation biologists living legacy

Mark Martin and Sue Foote-Martin have worked for more than four decades to protect, restore and share their passion for Wisconsin wildlife.

Both retired conservation biologists for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Martins continue to volunteer their services as citizen scientists as part of the longest-running auditory frog and toad survey in North America.

Since 1979 they have been resident managers of Goose Pond Sanctuary, Madison Audubons 730-acre nature preserve in Arlington, in Columbia County, where theyve spearheaded dozens of habitat restoration and public education projects.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Mar 1, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the temporary all-online hunter education course option will end at midnight on Sunday, March 20, 2022, for those under 18-years-old.

Hunter education students aged 18 and older will continue to have the online course as a hunter education option.

The DNR temporarily offered the all-online hunter education option to all to help protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Following the updated guidance from state and federal health agencies, the DNR is returning to the in-person course for the under 18 group.

Read More Here.

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