The rangers got acquainted with the specifics of operational activities and work with visitors due to high concentration of bears and intensive tourist flow. Useful insights of Kamchatka rangers will be implemented in natural reserves of other regions.
The consolidated rangers group was led by Artur Murzakhanov, Deputy Director of the Roszapovedcenter of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation. Together with five of the ten state inspectors who arrived, he went to the South Kamchatka Federal Reserve.
Together with the Kronotsky Reserve staff, the rangers conducted some territory patrolling in order to prevent poaching on spawning rivers and possibly detect violators, if there were any. Also on the Kuril Lake, which is surrounded by bears during the mass spawning of sockeye salmon, the group got acquainted with the work of rangers who accompany and ensure the safety of tourists.
In turn, Artur Murzakhanov at the Ozerny cordon shared his experience of working with violators and taught some self-defense classes for volunteers and inspectors. He noted the professionalism and well-coordinated work of the Kronotsky Reserve rangers, despite the large volume and variety of tasks they have to face.
Yevgeny Denges, the district state inspector of the Kronotsky State Nature Reserve, explains the high efficiency of the teamwork of colleagues as follows: "There are no random people in our team. Everyone knows their task, whether it be nature protection, monitoring the protected regime observance, or ensuring the safety of visitors. And we fulfill our tasks strictly. Also, it is very important that employees respect each other. We all do a common job, and any incomprehensible moments can always be discussed on the spot, clarified and moved on. In addition, over the years we have become not just a team, but practically one family."
Another part of the consolidated group of five people practiced in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. Immediately upon arrival at the territory, the inspectors walked the route from the caldera of the Uzon volcano to the Valley of Geysers. The journey through the mountainous terrain with an overnight stay at the field camp "Glukhoy" took more than a day. After getting acquainted with rangers work at the "Valley of Geysers" cordon, the arrivals went on a longer patrol.
"From the gorge of the Geysernaya River, we walked a day to the Cape of Ancient Sites, where the field camp is located, made several radial routes to the Pacific coast and returned to the Valley of Geysers. The hike took about four days. I should note the good physical fitness and endurance of colleagues, despite the fact that some natural reserves are not patrolled for long distances due to the peculiarities, size of territories and their status," said Nikolay Solovyov, the district state inspector of the Kronotsky State Reserve, who led the group during the hike.
Following the results of the trip, the head of the consolidated group Artur Murzakhanov expressed his opinion that good communication and joint work benefited both visitors and Kamchatka employees. He told that rangers experience of the Kronotsky Reserve may be applied to other natural reserves.