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                                           Jan 24, 2022


MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting Angler Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Grant applications now through 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2022.

The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Grant Program provides financial assistance to partners who support the angling community through local fishing programs and activities.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Jan 21, 2022

Confessions of a Recovering Bureaucrat:
A WGF Conversation with Todd Ambs

Thursday, January 27th 12-1pm
Online Webinar

There are few people in the history of Wisconsin conservationists who've served in as many roles as effectively as Todd Ambs. Todd retired in December as the Deputy Secretary of Wisconsin DNR, capping an over 40-year career in and around the waters of the Great Lakes and beyond. In his latest role serving in the Evers administration, Todd led one of Wisconsin's largest state agencies. He navigated controversial issues such as wolf hunting and PFAS contamination, as well as intensely partisan events around conservation governance, with the last two years of that time during the midst of a global pandemic.

In this free-wheeling conversation with WGF Executive Director Fred Clark, Todd will share reflections on Wisconsin conservation today and share his ideas for our future. He might even break out his old guitar!

Come WGF, and be ready to sing along, for a lunch-time conversation with Todd Ambs.

Register Here

Retired Rick                                           Jan 13, 2022


The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in-person for the January board meeting to consider several proposed rules, hearings, management and master plans, land items and donations.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 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 January 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, Jan. 19, 2022. There will be no in-person public appearances.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 12, 2022

2021 Wisconsin Elk Hunting Season Ends With Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience For Four Hunters

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that Wisconsins fourth state elk hunt closed on Dec. 17 with three of the four hunters awarded an elk harvest tag for the 2021 elk hunting season successfully filling their tags.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 7, 2022

2021 Winnebago System Chironomid Density Summary Report Published

In early August 2021, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries management staff completed our annual Chironomid (lake fly larvae red worms) density survey on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes (Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan).

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 7, 2022

Virtual CWD Response Plan Review Committee Meeting Jan. 12

MADISON, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will host the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan Review Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The DNRs 15-year CWD Response Plan, in effect through 2025, helps guide the departments approach to addressing CWD in Wisconsin. The plan was developed to fulfill its public trust responsibility to manage wildlife and ensure the health of Wisconsins wildlife populations. As part of the plans implementation, the department will review progress toward meeting its goals and objectives every five years.

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Retired Rick                                           Jan 4, 2022

OutWiGo To Sauk Prairie For The 36th Annual
Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 15-16

Event Features In-Person And Remote Eagle Viewing Opportunities

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to participate in the 36th Annual Bald Eagle Watching Days on Jan. 15-16 to celebrate the species and its remarkable comeback in Wisconsin.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Jan 4, 2022

Wisconsin Conservation Voters

Sign the petition to protect our water from toxic PFAS chemicals

Add your name to show your support for the Department of Natural Resources efforts to implement three administrative rules that would protect our drinking water, surface water, and groundwater from PFAS:

Every person has a right to safe drinking water. As Wisconsinites, from every corner of the state, we appreciate your efforts to protect our communities from PFAS by implementing administrative rules related to drinking water (Natural Resources Board Order Number DG-24-19), surface water (Natural Resources Board Order Number WY-23-19), and groundwater (Natural Resources Board Order Number DG-15-19) from PFAS.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Jan 4, 2022

The link below is to a table that lists proposed permanent administrative rules which are currently being developed by the DNR, or which have been adopted by the Natural Resources Board (NRB) and are pending publication.

The table is organized alphabetically by Natural Resources Board (NRB) order number. The first two letters are an abbreviation for the lead DNR bureau/program name. The middle number is a sequential number. The last number is the year. Hover your mouse over each NRB order number to see more information.

The DNR sometimes creates separate webpages as an additional resource for proposed rules of particular significance or interest. Where a separate page has been created, the text in the "Subject" column is linked to it.
The "Rules Status" column describes where the rule is in the rulemaking process and links to NRB meeting agendas, public hearings announcements or other documents for more information.

Read More Here.

Retired Rick                                           Dec 22, 2021


MADISON, Wis. PBS Wisconsin received a 2021 Midwest Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs Cultural, for Wisconsins Scenic Treasures: Southern Vistas featuring Wisconsin's public lands.

Filmed by PBS Wisconsin from the air, land and water, the documentary showcases state parks, natural areas, wildlife areas and forests, many of them held in trust and managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Hundreds of hours of aerial panoramas and ground-level video create this memorable 60-minute adventure, highlighting the striking visual and ecological diversity of our states natural landscapes and rich scenic heritage. The program can be viewed online at

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