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    Well, you know the old saying, “All good things must come to an end.” Well, with this issue, it seems very true. This will be my last issue as editor of the Western Canadian Game Warden magazine. I have been in this position since the magazine’s inception back in the summer of 2009. Before that, I had been the editor of the Saskatchewan Game Warden magazine since 2000.

    Back then, I was not really sure what to expect of this position or even if I could do it ... or better yet ... even how I got into this position. I seem to recall being at a meeting and someone asking who wanted to go for something to eat. Naturally, I put my hand up and from that point on I was the head cheese in the magazine department. I have learned since then to listen a lot more carefully to the questions!

    I can honestly say that it has been a great ride. I have learned an enormous amount along the way and worked with some incredible people and organizations. I have learned much about officers in other parts of Canada and the world and the challenges that they face. The whole purpose of this magazine was to draw awareness to what we, as game wardens, do and the importance of that work.

    One area where I have really noticed a change is in the officer profiles and, everybody’s favourite, Takedown Tales. Have you noticed that the officers are all young and full of piss and vinegar all wanting to get out there and catch the bad guy? I remember being in their shoes, and I enjoy working with these young officers, as it gives me the same drive that they have. As I have mentioned, today’s game warden is a smart, educated person who is well trained in their discipline. Back in the day, all you had to know to be a game warden was how to hunt and fish.

    Many things have changed drastically since the 1980s and early 90s. I have noticed a dramatic change in the penalties in most provinces for violations to our natural resources. One hundred dollar fines are a thing of the past and many of
the fines now are in the thousands of dollars, with multi-year suspensions and seizures all built into the penalty. This is all done to create a deterrent so that people will not break the law and take advantage of what belongs to all of us. One would think that these high fines would act as a suitable deterrent, but, as you can see by this issue’s Takedown Tales and Cuffs to Courts, some people just do not listen, or think they will never get caught.

    I think the time to leave is right. I think that the magazine needs some change at the top and some new ideas and energy. I truly believe in the importance of the magazine and will continue to work with the new editor, Jeff Zimmer. Jeff is stationed in Drumheller, Alberta, and has previous experience as a conservation officer in Saskatchewan, a police officer in Calgary and Medicine Hat, and now, back to a game warden in Alberta. Jeff has many years of resource law enforcement under his boots and will do a great job. This will also allow me to focus on some of the major feature stories that I have always wanted to work on.

    So with that being said, I think that I would be remiss if I did not thank my wife Penny, and my kids, Ella and Sawyer, for all of their support, as well as some of my previous executive directors who have guided me through some difficult times and issues. Thanks also to Bruce Weild, who designs a great magazine, and Gayle Hesse, who proofs it, making me sound intelligent. Thanks also to the WCGW board of directors who have incredible passion for our work, the magazine, and protecting our natural resources. We will be seeing you around.

   Enjoy this issue of the Western Canadian Game Warden!

Lindsey, You have been a fantasitc leader in Western Canada Conservation Law Enforcement with your role as Editor of our Magazine!

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