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Conservation Officer of the year honoured by peers

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Conservation Officer of the year honoured by peers

McGuinty Government Congratulates Award Recipient

Conservation Officer Gary Zacher is the Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year for 2008.

This award recognizes Officer Zacher's assistance and excellent investigative work on covert operations and natural resources violation investigations across Ontario.  Officer Zacher has also volunteered his time over the past six years to meet with new immigrants to help them understand Ontario's fishing and hunting regulations and the role of conservation officers.

In an official awards ceremony to take place at the annual Ontario Conservation Officers Association meeting in Parry Sound this August, Zacher will also receive the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award and the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Officer of the Year Award.  The association will also be nominating Zacher for the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association Officer of the Year Award.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's conservation officers are specialists whose job is to preserve and protect the province's natural resources. Conservation officers are professional, armed peace officers trained to police standards.
  • The Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year Award is a joint award hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Conservation Officers Association

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“I congratulate Officer Zacher on receiving this prestigious award and thank him for his over 36 years of service as a conservation officer. We’re very proud to have officers such as Gary to protect and promote responsible use of Ontario’s natural resources.”

Donna Cansfield

Minister of Natural Resources



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