Golden’s new conservation officer helping conserve the natural beauty

Alex Desjardins has been in Golden a month and brings more than 10 years of experience as an enforcement officer to the area.

  • Jun. 19, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Alex Desjardins is the new Conservation Officer in Golden.

Desjardins has been in Golden a month and brings more than 10 years of experience as an enforcement officer to the area. Before moving to Golden Desjardins spent some time working in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

“It was too good to pass up,” he said. “Me and my better half are from smaller centres originally. We were ready to take on a new challenge. For me, I am an avid hunter and angler. The prospect of the Columbia Kootenays was a draw.”

Since coming to Golden Desjardins has noticed some differences between the two areas.

“In the lower mainland it is a bigger workload. We get from 40 to 60 files per day. It is closer to 10 files per week in Golden. There is a lot more proactive work in Golden,” he said.

Desjardins explained some of the work he currently is involved with in the area.

“We concentrate on looking at the human and wildlife conflict—primarily bears but also wolves and coyotes. We educate people on how to lessen those conflicts and we respond to attacks,” he said. “The other aspect is environmental law enforcement. We ensure the rules around things like fishing and trapping are followed.”

As for Golden, Desjardins is enjoying the area and the people who live here.

“People of Golden are welcoming. They have been coming up and introducing themselves.”

Desjardins wanted to encourage people to call the RAPP line to report things such as injured wildlife or polluting. The number to the line is 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).

 

Just Posted

Your weekly news recap

The Golden Star’s weekly 60-second news recap… Continue reading

Avalanche control scheduled tomorrow on Highway 1 east of Revelstoke

Avalanche control work is scheduled along Highway 1 on Dec 15. From… Continue reading

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Golden Rockets win one on the road

The Golden Rockets faced off against the Creston Valley Thundercats on the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Final phase of Kelowna hospital cardiac centre completed

Finishing new recovery rooms marks completion of $381 million project

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Most Read