July 30, 2018– The Stewardship Youth Ranger Team from the North Bay District, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Ontario Parks’ staff from Restoule Provincial Park are working collaboratively to create hiking and biking trails within the park for everyone’s future enjoyment. We are welcoming local media to visit us while we work on the trails to learn more about Ontario’s Stewardship Youth Ranger Program.

The Stewardship Youth Ranger (SYR) Program is an eight-week summer program that offers youth the opportunity to be immersed in field work, exploring wildlife and supporting natural resource management projects in their own communities. In 2018, there are 50 SYR teams located in 36 communities across the province.

Each SYR team is composed of four rangers and a team lead. Each team supports MNRF values such as fostering, protecting and sustaining healthy ecosystems. Rangers may also have an opportunity to obtain two high school co-op credits during the summer.

MNRF youth employment programs provide Ontario youth with the opportunity to obtain meaningful work experience, develop practical, personal and professional skills, and gain a deeper appreciation of their role in the stewardship of Ontario’s natural resources.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to youth employment by offering more than 2,000 summer jobs and paid internships to youth in communities – including northern and rural communities – across Ontario.

Date:        August 1, 2018
Time:        From 9:30am to 4:15pm.

The best time for the media to arrive would be at approximately 1pm. Some engaging photos and interview opportunities would occur directly on the trail that the crew will be working on. This will allow you to capture the rangers hard at work.

Location: Restoule Provincial Park, 8818 Highway 534 Restoule, ON.

Meeting location: Front gate/office when entering the park.

Contact Brittany Houle, Assistant Forest Technician for more information about this media opportunity at 705-475-5573. Follow this link to find out more information about the Stewardship Youth Ranger Program.