“Hey you there, squirrel? Do you have a license to store those nuts?” Such was a day in the life of Ranger Smith from ye old Jellystone Park where keeping Yogi Bear and other park dwellers in line was job one.
In real life, the job of a provincial park warden is serious business. Trained to give visitors the safest, most secure visit possible while safeguarding park resources, wardens perform a variety of functions that most visitors may not even be aware of, including:
- Enforcing the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act (PPCRA) and other related legislation;
- Protecting park resources by enforcing legislation, providing education and increasing public awareness;
- Resolving conflicts;
- Working with other government agencies when necessary;
- Preparing court documents and testifying in court proceedings, if needed;
- Ensuring public safety. Continue reading Provincial park wardens: protecting what you value most