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National Park Warden Association

National Park Warden Association

National Park Warden Association

The National Park Warden Association is dedicated to promoting professionalism and friendship between members of the Canadian National Park Warden Service and other parks and wildlife associations.

L’Association des gardes de parcs nationaux est dédiée à promouvoir le professionnalisme et l’amitié entre les membres du Service des gardes de parcs nationaux et de d’autres associations.

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Help support the NPWA

Help support the NPWA

Help support the NPWA

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Featherweight Lockblade
Featherweight Lockblade

Featherweight Lockblade with the Warden Service crest stamp from Grohmann Knives.

It has a lockblade that is durable, yet light in weight (42 grams, 1.4 oz.). The handle is durable black Zytel and the blade is straight edged, high-carbon stainless steel for ease of sharpening. Blade approximately 3″. Closed length 3 3/4″ and open overall length 6 3/4″.

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“Our familiarity with that act is zero.”

“Our familiarity with that act is zero.”

“Our familiarity with that act is zero.”

From Leamington Post

Police will continue Pt. Pelee patrols

But won’t enforce park laws

Wednesday September 26, 2007

Leamington Police will continue to patrol Point Pelee National Park but they do not want the responsibility of handling all the enforcement in the park.

Police Chief Dean Gow told the Leamington Police Services Board last week that he recently received a request from the park warden to take over park enforcement.

Gow told the board that the RCMP have pulled out, so they are looking for someone to take over.

But the chief said that would be too much to tackle — the enforcement of the National Parks Act.

“Our familiarity with that act is zero,” he said. “I don’t feel the Leamington Police Services should take on a piece of Federal legislation that we’re not mandated for.”

He said they currently handle enforcement of the Highway Traffic Act and liquor control enforcement. And he said that is how he would like it to remain.

Gow did say they would be willing to step up patrols so there is a greater police presence but that is as far as he would like to see it go.

“I wouldn’t want to see people take advantage of the fact there is no one on-site for enforcement of the National Parks Act,” said Gow, especially when it comes to shooting waterfowl.

“This is a board decision though,” said Gow, “not a chief’s.”

“We want to do what we can to help,”he added, but he said trying to learn all the ins and outs of the federal legislation would be too much to take on.

“It’s also a matter of pulling our reserves away to do something we’re really not mandated to do,” he added.

The board agreed with Gow to deny the request but offer to step up patrols within the park.

http://www.leamingtonpostandshopper.com/News/341329.html

WORLD RANGER DAY July 31, 2007

WORLD RANGER DAY July 31, 2007

WORLD RANGER DAY July 31, 2007

WHAT IS WORLD RANGER DAY?

…from www.int-ranger.net

The International Ranger Federation was founded to support the work of Rangers as the key protectors of the worlds protected areas. At the IRF Scotland World Congress of Rangers in 2006, delegates decided that July 31 of each year, beginning in 2007, would be a day dedicated to world rangers. This first World Ranger Day will fall on the 15th anniversary of the founding of IRF on July 31, 1992.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

IRF is calling on its member associations, protected area agencies, individual rangers, sponsors, and the world public to initiate or join in an event or activity that recognises world conservation areas, and the professional staff – the Rangers – that form the “The Thin Green Line” around these most valuable resources.

The simultaneous World Premier of the Documentary, “The Thin Green Line” in hundreds of locations throughout the world on July 31 is the primary method to recognise World Ranger Day this year. We urge everyone to join, or better yet, host an event showing this original documentary of Rangers working in the field throughout the world. For further information, go to the documentary’s website thingreenline.info.

Other ways in which you can recognise World Ranger Day:

· Pay a moment’s respect to rangers who have lost their lives in the course of duty.

· Mention the role of the world’s Rangers in a scheduled guided walk or talk with park visitors and partners.

· Host a special public event in or near your park dedicated to the work of Rangers in your particular area, and the similarities with Rangers around the world.

· Meet with your local communities, partners, and supporting groups to talk about the role of Rangers, the work of the IRF, and how they can help support Rangers and protected areas.

· Visit a school – engage the youth in the future of world parks, biodiversity, and conservation.

· Invite a Ranger from another country or park to join you and your co-workers for a week in your park, to include July 31.

· If you are a Ranger, meet with your colleagues to discuss World Ranger Day and the role of Rangers, including the work of IRF.

· Using World Ranger Day events, seek partners and donors interested in supporting and sustaining the work in your protected area, and the IRF.

· Have fun! Celebrate your role in protecting the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

A LITTLE HISTORY

World Parks

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park in the United States became the world’s first federally designated national park. Since then, over 100,000 protected areas, representing more than 10% of the earth’s landmass, have been established around the world, according to the IUCN.

World Rangers

The English word “ranger” reflects the guardians of the Royal Forests in 14th century England, protecting the King’s lands from poachers. Today, Rangers in protected areas throughout the world continue this role. Rangers are the key force protecting these resources from impairment. They do this through law enforcement, environmental education, community relations, fighting fires, conducting search and rescues, and in many other ways caring for protected areas and their visitors.

“If a trail is to be blazed, send a ranger; if an animal is floundering in the snow, send a ranger; if a bear is in a hotel, send a ranger; if a fire threatens a forest, send a ranger; and if someone needs to be saved, send a ranger.”

– Steven T. Mather, First Director of the U.S. National Park Service, 1916.

As the principal guardians of the world’s premier natural and cultural protected areas, Rangers:

· Are the key force in the field between preservation and loss and destruction of those protected areas;

· Are uniquely positioned and qualified to monitor the health of resources, assess problems, and provide for future solutions based on current knowledge;

· Are the critical connection between parks and the public, with a fundamental role in educating the public;

· Are involved in complex and critical tasks in preservation, often living and working in dangerous conditions, and take risks in protecting these special places;

· Need continued government and public support in protecting resources for future generations.

The IRF defines a ranger as “the person involved in the practical protection and preservation of all aspects of wild areas, historical and cultural sites. Rangers provide recreational opportunities and interpretation of sites while providing links between local communities, protected areas and area administration.”

IRF PRINCIPLES AND THE ZAKOPANE DECLARATION

At the first IRF World Ranger Congress in 1995 in Zakopane, Poland, the delegates representing 35 nations on 6 continents committed themselves and the IRF to a series of principles. These have become the core mission of the IRF, and a key document supporting the work of rangers. Download the 8 principles of Ranger work.

RANGER CODE OF ETHICS

At the second IRF World Congress in 1997 in San Jose, Costa Rica, the delegates adapted a Code of Ethics with 16 canons for the professional conduct of Rangers. All IRF member associations are encouraged to adopt the Code. (Código De Ética)

CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 IUCN Rio Earth Summit in Brazil, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a global effort to save biological diversity, promote its sustainable use, and ensure that benefits are distributed equitably. In the convention’s 8th Article, the CBD commits all government parties to establish systems of protected areas to conserve in situ biodiversity. In the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas, as well as in the approved recommendations from the Vth World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa, the necessity to have Rangers and other skilled and well-trained staff to carry out fundamental roles in the management and conservation of protected areas was fully recognised. The IRF supports the work of the CBD and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas.

World Ranger Day in Ottawa

World Ranger Day in Ottawa

World Ranger Day in Ottawa

A highlight of the premier of the ‘The Thin Green Line’ in Ottawa were the words of John Waithaka, an Ecosystem Scientist from Kenya, presently working with Parks Canada (National Office) and who assisted Michel Villineuve with the presentation of the film. His presentation on the Rangers in Africa was outstanding and caused a spontaneous round of applause. Here is a summary of what he said…

A tribute to Rangers in Danger in Africa

By John Waithaka

Parks Canada

July 31, 2007

· I wish to thanks Parks Canada and Environment Canada for organizing this occasion to pay tribute to the work that rangers perform to protect the last of the earth’s natural and cultural resources and to remember the many rangers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.

· The rangers are the principal guardians of what you see behind the beautiful postcards of international parks and reserves, and in many parts of the world, they are as endangered as the endangered species and spaces they protect.

· I am privileged to join you and all other people worldwide who are celebrating the first International Day of the Ranger. Considering the importance of role they play and the dangers they face every day, I am amazed that a day to recognize them – the International Day of the Ranger – did not come earlier.

· I was born and brought up in Africa – in Kenya – a country that is known for its rich biodiversity and huge populations of large mammals, resources currently endangered by human activities. The Rangers spend sleepless nights fighting for the survival of what is remaining. I pay tribute to them.

· I grew up outside Aberdares National Park, a Protected Area with large populations of elephants, rhinos, leopards, hyenas, lions and other wild animals. The rangers kept them from harming us on the way to and from school, and worked day and night to keep them from our homes and farms. I pay tribute to them.

· I studied elephants in many national parks in Kenya. Not a single day did I go to take my samples without being accompanied by a ranger. As I graduated with honors degrees, the rangers who guarded me every day in the field remained in those remote areas, guarding the elephants. Nobody honored them. I pay tribute to them.

· For many years, I was a member of the IUCN SSC, African Elephant and Rhino Specialist Group, a group credited with playing a major role of saving the elephant and rhino. But it is the rangers who lost their lives battling it out with international gangs called poachers. For a period of about 20 years, 85% of the elephants and 98% of the rhinos were killed.

Nobody ever mentions the number of rangers who were killed or maimed, the families that were devastated, children who lost their parents, – and may now be living in abject poverty as a result. Not that the number is hard to get, but the priority lies elsewhere. We honor them today.

· I was later appointed the national coordinator of the Elephant Conservation and Community Wildlife program in Kenya. As we battled with the politicians, international pressure groups, people with conflicting interests – over the ivory trade and other aspects of elephant management, flying from one national capital to another, from one conference room to another, the rangers were on the ground battling with poachers or with crop-raiding elephants. We honor them for their sacrifices.

· The rangers are not only killed by poachers, but many are bitten by poisonous snakes, ripped off by the crocodile, gored by the buffalo, killed by the elephant, mauled by the lion and the leopard, devastated by disease-carrying tropical bugs, fall from a cliff or swept away by floods. We pay tribute to them.

· In the April – June Newsletter of the International Ranger Federation, the editor noted that that was the only Issue without reported deaths of Rangers, and was thankful. However, the Issue had missed an incident on May 19 2007 when three rangers were killed by poachers outside Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Rangers are in danger all the time. We pat tribute to them.

· In Africa, rangers live in dangerous conditions, often carry out their duties in very stressful environments characterized by;

· Insecurity from highly organized gangs of poachers

· Exposure to many tropical diseases, such as malaria and pneumonia, and others

· unpredictable political environments

· Manipulation by corrupt supervisors and political leaders

· Discouragement and uncertainty – particularly when political regimes change, they see willful neglect or destruction of what they have fought so hard for so long to save, and what many of their colleagues have died for.

· Hostility as are sometimes blamed (and even hated) for enforcing unpopular policies that were passed on to them to implement, but had no chance to give input.

· Inadequate support: They often lack facilities to do their work, including basic things like appropriate protective clothing and sufficient food.

· Complex social environments: Some do not have sufficient training to handle the complex issues they face daily such as refugees in national parks

· They are among the lowest paid professionals, not mentioning that most of their families become unstable because of their prolonged absence from home.

· During the first international Day of the Ranger, it is fitting to recognize the brave men and women who have died while protecting our shared resources from human greed, corruption and misguided priorities, and to pledge our commitment to support those who are putting their lives on the line daily – selflessly working and struggling to protect and manage the natural and cultural resources we all hold dear.

· Long live the Rangers

Parks Canada will not Appeal the Officer Safety Decision

Parks Canada will not Appeal the Officer Safety Decision

Parks Canada will not Appeal the Officer Safety Decision

On June 6th the CEO announced that Parks Canada will not pursue a further appeal of the decision rendered by the Canada Appeals Office on Occupational Health and Safety. The decision to issue sidearms to Park Wardens now rests solely with Cabinet as per the Policy Governing the Issuance of Sidearms to Federal Law Enforcement Officers (click on the title above to see the policy). To see the full message from the CEO click on the Parks Canada Updates tab under the Warden Safety tab or click here:

www.parkwarden.ca

Thin Green Line premiered by Park Wardens Across Canada

Thin Green Line premiered by Park Wardens Across Canada

Thin Green Line premiered by Park Wardens Across Canada

On World Ranger day, July 31, 2007, Park wardens in Pacific Rim, Jasper, Riding Mountain and the National Office in Ottawa all took part in the simultaneous World Premier of the documentary, ‘The Thin Green Line’. They joined with other rangers from around the globe in hosting a showing of this original documentary of Rangers working in the field throughout the world. For further information on the documentary visit the website www.thingreenline.info

Here is how warden Melanie Hindle described the event at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, ‘We held our event at the parks Canada visitor centre theatre, which is a heritage log building and seats about 55 people comfortably. We held a reception afterwards so people could forage and talk about the movie and local conservation efforts. We were hoping for 45 people and had 75. Some people traveled an hour to our town to see it and another former warden made the trip as well. We collected $384 in donations and we had a lot of positive feedback from the viewers. I was very happy to help bring this to our area and quite excited about the movie in general.’

At Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia the film was well received with 109 people showing up at the Greenpoint Theatre. In Jasper National Park in Alberta the event was held at the Downstream bar. It turned out to be bigger than the organizers had anticipated and they ended up with standing room only. The local paper published an article that helped in advertising the event. They were able to raise $458.00 dollars through donations. Because of the great turn out the Jasper wardens are hoping to put on another showing.

In Ottawa, organizer Michel Villineuve invited all the Parks staff from the Parks Canada National Office and all the NGOs in the National Capita region. Although many people were on holidays at this time of year, there were still 20 for the French presentation and 50 for the English. Nik Lopoukhine, Chair of the IUCN (the World Conservation Union www.iucn.org) attended as well as John Waithaka, a Kenyan conservationist working in the Parks Canada National Office. John’s comments were global in perspective and extremely moving. Even the CEO managed to take some time and view part of the presentation.

Thanks to all of you across the country who organized these premiers and helping to promote the role of rangers and park wardens around the globe.