Recently FOW board chair Dave McTeague talked with Shannon Lawr to gain insights into Ontario Parks' management of Wabakimi Provincial Park. Shannon has been Park Superintendent since 2014 and has been with Ontario Parks for 15 years. He previously worked as a canoe and kayak guide in the Killarney area and has training in park management and eco-tourism.
FOW: What are the park superintendant and other staff duties/functions?
Shannon: Every day seems to be different. My responsibility lies with delivering operational objectives for protected areas, supervisor/manager for our park staff, operational safety of our staff, and balancing our budget. Our staff consists of an Assistant Superintendant (42 weeks); biologist (42 weeks); and operations technicians. Our biologist does long term monitoring such as
our lichen sample study plots to better understand forest age and structure, monitors our wildlife cameras and conducts environmental assessment for work permits required for any structural work for outposts/lodges.
Wabakimi: the land of the grey ghosts
Article by Shannon Walshe, biologist at Wabakimi Provincial Park.
Peering out from among the trees, I am certain these curious animals watched us as we paddled by. We know they exist, but they’re so seldom seen that they’re referred to as “the grey ghosts.” Wabakimi Provincial Park is home to the elusive creature known as the Woodland Caribou, at the southernmost edge of their range. See full article:
Ontario Parks Blog…
There’s lot of interesting stores. http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/winter-at-presquile/
Reserve your Wabakimi Provincial Park
Backcountry camping permit here: https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/