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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.

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Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           May 30, 2023

DOOR COUNTY STATE PARK FRIENDS GROUPS RECEIVE $250K FROM ROOM TAX MONEY WILL FUND IMPROVEMENTS AT FIVE STATE PARKS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce that the Friends groups at Newport, Peninsula, Potawatomi, Whitefish Dunes, and Rock Island state parks will receive a substantial contribution from Destination Door County (DDC).

This comes after the Door County Tourism Zone Commission approved a proposal to invest higher-than-anticipated 2022 room-tax collections in area parks. The new program will distribute $800,000 among Municipal Parks, the Friends of Door County Parks and five Wisconsin State Park Friends Groups.

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Retired Rick                                           May 26, 2023

DNR EXPERTS WARN OF A BAD SPONGY MOTH SUMMER
PEST OUTBREAK MAY BE WORST IN MORE THAN A DECADE


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warns the public that the next two months could bring the worst spongy moth caterpillar outbreak in more than a decade.

Invasive spongy moth caterpillars, formerly known as gypsy moth, strip trees of their leaves, potentially killing high-value trees. They prefer to feed on oak, birch, crabapple, aspen and willow leaves but will also feed on many other tree and shrub species.

Southern Wisconsin and parts of the north are already in a high-population outbreak that is predicted to continue and spread.

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Retired Rick                                           May 18, 2023

PENINSULA STATE PARK SELECTED AS A 2023 LEAVE NO TRACE SPOTLIGHT ONE OF 20 SITES NATIONWIDE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to share that Peninsula State Park has been selected as a 2023 Spotlight site by the Leave No Trace organization.

To celebrate the designation, representatives from the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Team, Destination Door County and DNR staff will host a series of events June 8-10 to highlight the park and provide information on sustainable practices.

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Retired Rick                                           May 4, 2023

NEW PFAS FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY FOR GREEN BAY AND ASSOCIATED TRIBUTARIES ELEVATED

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a new PFAS-based consumption advisory for the Bay of Green Bay and its tributaries.

Elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), a type of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), were detected in rainbow smelt sampled from Green Bay. As a result, the DNR and DHS recommend consuming only one meal per week of rainbow smelt from the Bay of Green Bay and its associated tributaries up to the first dam, including portions of the Peshtigo, Oconto and Menominee rivers.

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Retired Rick                                           May 3, 2023

RARE PARASITIC PLANT REDISCOVERED IN DUNES OVER LAKE MICHIGAN

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that a population of a rare parasitic plant was rediscovered on the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan in Manitowoc County. A trained volunteer for the Rare Plant Monitoring Program spotted the clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculata), which has not been seen in over 44 years.

This discovery and others are featured in the Rare Plant Monitoring Programs recently released 2022 Annual Report. Almost 15% of Wisconsins 2,366 native plant species are considered rare, meaning they are listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern.

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Retired Rick                                           May 1, 2023

GENERAL INLAND FISHING SEASON OPENS MAY 6

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers the 2023-2024 general inland fishing season will open on Saturday, May 6. All regulations and license requirements apply.

Anglers participating in the opener will likely find a mixed bag of fishing conditions throughout the state but strong populations of their favorite fishes. No matter where anglers decide to fish, all Wisconsin residents and non-residents over the age of 16 are required to purchase a fishing license. Anglers can buy licenses through Go Wild, the DNRs license portal, or from a license agent.

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Retired Rick                                           May 1, 2023

DNR CELEBRATES AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING CLEAN AIR MONTH

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) welcomes Clean Air Month this May by celebrating the accomplishments of the last 20 years, including the improvement in overall air quality in Wisconsin.

Air quality successes over the last twenty years include an 88% decrease in sulfur dioxide concentrations, a 35% decrease in fine particle pollution and a 25% decrease in ozone concentrations along the states Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Margaret Beaumier                                           Apr 26, 2023

NER May 3 Luncheon Rock Garden 1951

Greetings Retirees:

Our Spring luncheon will be on Wednesday, May 3, at Rock Garden Supper Club - 1951 West. We will have a limited menu with separate bills.

Wild Berry Chicken Salad $14
Chicken breast, seasonal berries, cheddar cheese, shaved red onion, almonds, mixed greens

1951 West Burger $15
1/2# Angus beef, Choice of side, white cheddar caramelized onions, mushrooms, bacon

Prime Rib Dip $15
Shaved prime rib, Choice of side, bacon, swiss cheese, mushroom bordelaise, onion straws

Broiled Salmon $17
6 oz salmon filet, cucumber dill sauce, choice of side

We will order Please get back to me by Monday, May 1, so we can get the reservation.

Retired Rick                                           Apr 20, 2023

WISCONSIN NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD APPROVES 2023 MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING SEASON FRAMEWORK AND REGULATIONS

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted unanimously to approve the 2023 migratory bird season framework and regulations.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted unanimously during the April board meeting to approve the 2023 migratory bird season framework and regulations.

Thanks to input from hunters and new scientific research, changes are coming to the 2023 migratory bird hunting season.

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Retired Rick                                           Apr 11, 2023

EXPLORE WISCONSIN'S NATURAL WONDERS WITH NATURAL RESOURCE FOUNDATION FIELD TRIPS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages the public to explore Wisconsin with a Natural Resources Foundation (NRF) Field Trip.

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a nonprofit that supports the wonders of Wisconsins lands, waters and wildlife through conservation, education, engagement and giving.

This year is the 30th season of Natural Resource Foundation Field Trips, and more than 260 trips are scheduled from April through early November. Field trips are expert-led adventures that explore Wisconsin in a variety of ways, from easy paddling in Door County to steep, off-trail hiking in Green County. These trips often offer a behind-the-scenes look at resources not open to the public.

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