Bears and bureaucrats, timber and telephone lines, poaching and predators, fires and families -- all these play a part in this fascinating and long-overdue study of Canada's National Park wardens. The Warden Service has been integral to Canada's National Parks from their earliest days. First established in Rocky Mountains in 1909, the position of Fire and Game Guardian was the precursor of today's National Park Warden, whose duties now include resource management, law enforcement and public safety. Robert Burns traces the growth of the warden service from here, its formative years, and goes on to show how the role changed and developed according to the expanding park system, altered societal expectations, and technological change. This is a study of real people and their trials, triumphs and tragedies. The book creates a complete history where before there existed only sketchy accounts of single individuals and incidents. The need for such an account is undeniable; well-known historian Simon Evans describes this story as 'one which deserves to be heard.'.
Both a tribute to the enormous devotion to duty and dedicated labours of the park wardens, and a well-researched factual account of how our National Parks evolved, this is a singular study of the historical evolution of protection and management inside Canada's National Parks.<
Mike Schintz is a retired National Parks warden, where he worked for nearly 40 years. Born in Montreal, Mr. Schintz currently lives in Black Diamond, Alberta with his wife Glennys, and spends his time as the Chairman of the Sheep River Library Board as well as a member of the Executive of the Marigold Library system.