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Faces of Forests Ontario: Shaun Devlin

Posted: August 6, 2020

Favourite tree – Butternut (look out for the ‘monkey face’ left behind by leaf scars!)
Favourite Ontario wildlife – Black Bear

Joining the Forests Ontario team this summer is Shaun Devlin, one of two new Planting and Habitat Quality Assessors! In this role, Shaun coordinates visits with landowners, travels to 50 Million Tree Program planting sites across the province to assess the health of each planting site and tracks that data in Forests Ontario’s database.

Growing up just outside of Owen Sound, Shaun has always been enamored with the outdoors. He refined his knowledge of nature through Scouts Canada, going all the way from Beaver to Scout Leader. Shaun loves to be outside whenever he gets the chance; some of his favourite activities include canoeing, biking, camping, and fishing.

Shaun’s skills also extend outside of the environmental field. Before realizing that he could apply his passion for the outdoors to his career, he spent time training as both a police officer and as an instrumentation and control engineer. Shaun graduated from the forestry technician program at Fleming College in April and will be attending Fleming again this fall for conservation and environmental law enforcement. He hopes to one day become a conservation officer or park warden.

While Shaun’s passion for the environment makes him an excellent fit for Forests Ontario, his love for forests extends even further – his wedding band is embroidered with trees! Now that’s what we call dedication!