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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Schlimgen, Stephen Martin "Steve"

Stephen Martin "Steve" Schlimgen, age 65, of Poynette, passed away on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Poynette. He was born on May 1, 1950, in Madison, the son of Maurice and Mary Schlimgen.

Steve met the love of his life, Carol Caucutt, at the age of 15, and they married on Sept. 4, 1976, in Madison. He graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources. Steve was an exceptional DNR Warden, working for the State of Wisconsin from Jan. 3, 1984, to Feb. 27, 2004. He was a true steward of the resources of the State of Wisconsin and took great pride in his role in protecting the fish and game for future generations to enjoy, especially his grandsons and granddaughters, with whom he served as a tremendous role model and mentor. Steve was president of the Wisconsin Conservation Warden Association, led many youth programs, and was an instructor for ATV, boating, hunting, snowmobiling and trapping. He truly loved nature and the outdoors, including fishing and hunting. Steve also loved traveling and deep sea fishing trips.

He was loved by all who knew him, and had a unique way of "calming" any situation by bringing humor into it. At any party, you knew that Steve may bring out his inner "Frank Sinatra". He had a heart of gold and was known for putting everyone else first, before himself. He will forever be known for his sense of humor and smile.

Steve is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Laura Lin; son, Jason (Kristine); grandchildren, Ethan and Euan Lin, and Kylie, Kyndal and Ryan Schlimgen; sister, Kari Schlimgen (Dan Piorier); brother, Chuck (Donna); sister-in-law, Kathy; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Schlimgen.

A Celebration of Steve's Life will be held at EAST SIDE CLUB, 3735 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, with a time of sharing at 7 p.m.

Steve, you will be missed tremendously. We love you always.

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October 7, New Glarus Meeting:

Dr. David Clausen, of Amery, is a former member and Chair of the Natural Resources Board. As a veterinarian, he is keenly interested in the disease aspects of Chronic Wasting Disease, how it has and may in the future impact Wisconsin’s wild deer herd, as well as human health.

ARC president Laurel Steffes heard Clausen’s presentation at a meeting of Outdoor Communicators, and asked him to provide this information to the ARC members.

Clausen said that he is always updating this presentation as more research findings are made available.

Trish Stocking,(wife of the late Jonathan Ela, NR Board member),
Dave, Sue Clausen.

Click here to view Dave Clausen's powerpoint
regarding CWD in Wisconsin.

Hello Association of Retired Conservationist members,

Would you like the opportunity to give a young person a glimpse of real science research? You might help them see that a career in science is a possibility for their future. You can give them an understanding of what scientists do, how they think and why science is important in their daily lives.

We are recruiting mentors for middle schoolers who would like to participate in the Madison Middle School Science Symposium.

You can view our webpage to learn more about the program. See specifically the link to the Mentor Page for additional information including “Sample Projects from Previous Years”.

Anyone can serve as a mentor - you do not need any specific science background or experience. A basic understanding of how science works, what scientists do and how they think through and implement research is helpful. Undergraduates, grad students, staff, faculty, parents and community volunteers have been very successful mentors.

We encourage all middle schoolers with an interest in science to apply, regardless of academic achievement. This is a wonderful way for all students to experience some success in science and to have a caring role model who is passionate about science and willing to spend an hour a week to help them develop their skills and interests.

Mentors meet with their mentee(s) approximately 1 hour, once a week from November through April. Through your meetings, you will guide your mentee(s) through their project, starting with asking and refining a research question, developing investigations, collecting and analyzing evidence and communicating results. Most mentors meet with the student at their school during afterschool hours (between 3 and 5 pm) once a week.

If you are interested, in mentoring for the Symposium Program, we ask that you: We will hold two mentor training sessions this fall. You only need to come to one of them. We hope that with this advance notice, you could make arrangements to attend one of these sessions: We need to recruit at least 100 mentors, so please share this with all your colleagues and friends and especially any student organizations who might have multiple interested members.

You do not need to reply to this email, but just fill out the survey if you are interested. We hope you will consider giving some of your time to help inspire these young scientists!


Dolly Ledin and Carmen Lombard

Dolly Ledin
Adult Role Models in Science Coordinator
Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement
(formerly Institute for Biology Education)
445 Henry Mall, Rm 104
Madison, WI 53706
phone:(608) 263-4840

Carmen Lombard
Science Teacher Leader
Room 124
Curriculum and Instruction
Madison Metropolitan School District
545 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
phone: (608) 663-5474

Florida February ARC Meeting heralded as a BIG success!

A great lunch at Coconut Jack's in Bonita Springs with desserts and a short business meeting at the Slacks' condo. Stay warm!!

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Deer Trustee Report permanent rule public comment form now available online

MADISON -- To help gather feedback regarding the proposed Deer Trustee Report permanent rule [PDF], an online public input form is now available to gather public comments.

People can complete an input form by searching the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website,, for keyword "deer." The form will remain open for public comment through midnight Feb. 1.

New regulations and programs, including the Deer Management Assistance Program, were set up under an emergency rule in 2014, and now a follow-up permanent rule package is necessary for the 2015 hunting seasons and beyond.

While the public input form provides an opportunity to submit feedback online, nine public hearings will also be held throughout Wisconsin over the next week. Hearing dates and locations are as follows - each will run from 6-8 p.m.:

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Thursday, Jan. 22

Monday, Jan. 26

Tuesday, Jan. 27

The Natural Resources Board will consider feedback submitted online, along with comments from January public hearings, when making its final decision on the proposed permanent rule package on Feb. 25. If approved, the rule package will advance to the state legislature for final review.

For more information regarding hearing locations and the Deer Trustee Report, visit and search keywords "hearings" and "deer trustee report" respectively.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Loomans, regulations specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 608-267-2452