Dyck Advisory Group Conservation Trust (DAGCT) strives itself in dominating the area of operation by allocating all available resources to the ground. This is backed by a well-structured management team implementing a winning strategy personally developed, lead and tweaked to near perfection by Col. Dyck utilising over 30 years of high-level military and conservation experience.
In all areas of operation, DAGCT works closely with local law enforcement agencies, maximising effectiveness of arrests and allowing opportunities to see arrests through to conviction.
DAGCT implements and enforces three main “pillars of conservation”.
1. Shock action
DAGCT hits a new area with a strong force of action and dominance, immediately denying poachers of opportunities and free movement. Once controlled, work continues maintaining this.
2. Community Relations
A strong Community Relationship is created, allowing community members to become part of the solution and not the problem. Without proper guidance, innocent community members often fall victim to organised poaching syndicates
3. Political will and government involvement
Areas of concern would fail dramatically if a close relationship with local government law enforcement is not created, maintained and developed, ensuring a continued long-lasting effect of control.
Human Resources and Assets
DAGCT has selected the right personnel to carry out its strategy on the ground. All in-field, high-level rangers and managers are continuously mentored by Col. Dyck and other experienced stakeholders to keep momentum and efficiency.
Due to constant mentoring of management and key personnel, mangers are incorruptible (which is a key factor and of utmost importance).
Quick Reaction Force
DAGCT utilises an extremely effective Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that reacts to any poacher activity identified by scouts in-field of operation. This force has been personally developed and coached by Col. Dyck who has commanded many QRF and Special Forces operations through his career. The team consist of an experienced pilot, K9 unit, rangers, in country law-enforcement and professional trackers.
DAGCT owes a large amount of success to a well-utilised air wing that forms part of the QRF and conducts planned aerial surveillance. Aerial assets are a huge factor to a successful operation if utilised correctly.
The DAGCT Chopper
The Chopper is on constant standby forming the basis of the QRF. Getting the right team to an area of concern as quickly as possible can be the difference between a successful arrest and a near miss, which could lead to a successful poaching incident. A chopper allows teams to leap frog in areas of operation, saving time and in many instances getting ahead of poachers.
Fixed Wing Asset
When covering a massive conservation area, the use of a fixed wing aircraft becomes vital. DAGCT acquired a Bat Hawk (Surveillance & Conservation Aircraft) to fill that exact gap. The Bat Hawk is utilised to monitor the movements of rhino and elephant throughout operational areas to determine areas of risk and providing important information when planning tactics. The Bat Hawk is further utilised when following poachers by providing overhead cover and keeping poachers pinned down, allowing follow up teams time to close the gap.
In many cases, the use of a well-trained and managed canine tracking team becomes the deciding factor in poacher follow-up operations. DAGCT utilises an extremely effective canine solution. A well-trained canine will track through the field faster and more accurately than any professional man-tracker. DAGCT prides itself on its high canine success rate, which allows the QRF to home in on active poachers at an unbelievable pace. Dyck Advisory Group K9 Solutions based out of Pretoria provides pro bono canine training and assistance.