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).


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