The Rangers stand side by side on the ice during practice

DEC Forest Rangers – Week in Assessment

For publication: Tuesday 7 March 2023

Current Statewide Forest Ranger Actions

New York State Division of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers reply to look and rescue incidents all through the state. Working with different state companies, native emergency organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers find and recuperate misplaced, injured or distressed individuals from throughout New York State.

In 2022, DEC Forest Rangers performed 359 search and rescue missions, extinguished 162 wildfires protecting greater than 1,300 acres, attended 53 prescribed fires that served to rejuvenate practically 900 acres of land, and labored on circumstances leading to a whole lot of tickets and arrests.

“With extra individuals visiting the state’s lands and having fun with New York’s numerous world-class out of doors leisure alternatives, DEC’s Forest Rangers are on the entrance traces to assist guests get outdoors responsibly and are available dwelling safely.” mentioned DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “On daily basis, these extremely skilled first responders defend irreplaceable pure sources and make the most of their knowledgeable data of wildland firefighting, wilderness first assist, land navigation, legislation enforcement and technical rescue methods to efficiently accomplish crucial missions for DEC and our numerous native, state and nationwide companions.”

The Metropolis of Hudson
Columbia County
Public distribution:
On February 21, Forest Ranger Jackson attended an occasion on the Firefighters Affiliation of the State of New York (FASNY) Museum in Hudson. Greater than 100 individuals attended the occasion, the place 76 Scouts obtained their hearth security badges. Ranger Jackson taught Scouts concerning the position of human habits in hearth hazard, the prices of outside and wildland fires, and the right way to forestall them. Ranger Jackson additionally defined the right way to arrange a fireplace protected campsite and demonstrated the right way to arrange and extinguish a cooking hearth and camp range.

The city of Summit
Schoharie County
Flat Ice Rescue Coaching:
On February 27, Forest Rangers from Area 4 participated in flat ice rescue coaching on Trying Glass Pond. The coaching included discipline workouts the place the Rangers demonstrated their self-rescue, vary and throw-and-go expertise.

Flat ice rescue coaching on Trying Glass Pond

Two Rangers are on ice while another is in the water during training

Flat ice rescue coaching on Trying Glass Pond

The city of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
On 27 February at 15:15 Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger help with a misplaced hiker close to Mount Marcy, the 51-year-old from New Jersey misplaced the path on account of snow cowl. Coordinates positioned the hiker close to Hopkins Junction. Rangers Evans and O’Connor made cellphone contact with the hiker and guided him again towards the Van Hoevenberg Path. Ranger Evans caught up with the hiker close to Marcy Dam. The topic was approaching hypothermic circumstances. Ranger Evans returned the topic to his car and no additional medical consideration was required. The sources had been prepared at 8 p.m

Metropolis of Pittstown
Rensselaer County
Unlawful capturing adopted by accidents:
On 27 February at 6:00 p.m. Forest Ranger Jackson investigated unlawful goal capturing in Pittstown State Forest. Ranger Jackson decided {that a} social gathering was illegally capturing at targets on bushes. The ranger issued tickets for damaging the bushes and left the scene. About 10 minutes after the group left the forest, their truck slid on the ice and snow right into a steep drain. Nobody within the truck was injured. Three hours later, the topics known as Ranger Jackson for assist. He known as a tow truck, however because of the circumstances and site, the tow truck was unable to drag the truck out. The ranger waited with the social gathering till they organized protected transportation and DEC sources had been prepared by 10 p.m. The truck was eliminated later this week.

Flashlight shines on a truck stuck in a ditch

Truck caught in steep drain close to Pittstown State Forest

Village of Brockport
Monroe County
Public distribution:
On March 1, State College of New York (SUNY) State College of New York (SUNY) Forest Ranger Lt. Wickens, Ranger Raffaldi-Smith and DEC Environmental Educator Sarah Conley attended the Brockport Profession Truthful. The Division of Forest Safety teamed up with the Bureau of Environmental Schooling to offer info on summer season internship alternatives, civil service examination registration, coaching necessities and Forest Rangers’ day by day job duties. This occasion reaches a whole lot of scholars and permits the Division of Forest Safety to fulfill college students who would in any other case not have been uncovered to Forest Rangers within the discipline.

The Rangers are at the information table at a career fair

Sarah Conley, Ranger Raffaldi-Smith and Lt. Wickens on the SUNY Brockport Profession Truthful

Hamlet of North Creek
Warren County
Mountain rescue coaching:
On March 2nd and third, Forest Ranger Donegan led 20 Rangers in mountain rescue coaching on Gore Mountain. The coaching included accessing and evaluating an injured affected person in technical winter terrain and utilizing a rope rescue system to deliver a affected person to security.

Rangers use rope rescue system on a steep, snow-covered hill during rescue training

Mountain rescue coaching at Gore


Mountain rescue coaching at Gore

The city of Lowville
Lewis County
Wilderness Restoration:
On 2 March at 9, Lowville Police requested Forest Ranger help within the seek for a lacking topic who was final seen three days earlier. Six Rangers joined three sheriff’s deputies and two members of the Lowville Police Division within the search. At 2:45 p.m., logging crews working within the space reported seeing a physique in Mill Creek. Rangers responded and positioned the deceased 67-year-old from Lowville. Rangers eliminated the person’s physique utilizing a litter and twine system.

Allegany, Chautauqua and Niagara counties
Search and rescue coaching:
On March 2, Rangers Richer and Strezcywilk led a compass and land navigation course in Mount Nice State Forest for members of the Chautauqua County search group. On March 4, Forest Rangers Cordell, Kennedy, Richer and Thaine taught a fundamental wilderness search course to 55 members of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Division, Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue (NFSAR) and a number of other native hearth departments. The course supplies college students with standardized coaching and expertise crucial to help in search incidents. It was performed on the Wolcottsville Fireplace Division and the Tonawanda Wildlife Administration Space.

On March 5, Ranger Thaine performed an space internet search discipline coaching train for AE Crandall Hook and Ladder Firm volunteers and the Allegany County search group. The coaching occurred in Phillips Creek State Forest.

The ranger stands on the road outside and gives instructions during the search course

Ranger Kennedy briefing on a fundamental wilderness search course

The Ranger stands at the head of the classroom with a projector and gives instructions to other emergency personnel during the search course

Ranger Thaine instructs a fundamental wilderness search course

The city of Schroon
Essex County
Wilderness Restoration:
On 4 March at 02:15 Essex County requested Forest Ranger help within the seek for a lacking individual suspected of falling by means of the ice whereas snowmobiling on Schroon Lake earlier within the night. Rangers responded in an airboat. The snow and wind slowed down the response. At 8:47 a.m., the 71-year-old from Schenectady was discovered lifeless. Rangers transported the physique to shore and turned the deceased over to Schroon Lake Rescue. The case was turned over to police investigators in New York.

snowy landscape with DEC airboat in the distance

Seek for Schroon Lake

Rangers stand near rescue equipment during snowy search

Seek for Schroon Lake

Town of Rochester
Monroe County
Public distribution:
On March 4, Forest Ranger Lt. Wickens and Environmental Educator Betsy Ukeritis teamed up for the 2023 Competition of Inclusion at Nazareth School. That is the second yr of the occasion with a purpose of ending the social, bodily and financial isolation of individuals with mental and developmental disabilities (IDD.) The occasion helps these with IDD develop friendships, safe profitable jobs, dwell independently, enhance communication expertise and really feel included of their communities. DEC paired with Rochester Accessible Adventures to teach guests concerning the mammals of New York State, upcoming DEC occasions, mountaineering security and preparedness, the profession of a Forest Ranger, DEC summer season camps and accessible out of doors alternatives for individuals with IDD.

The ranger is at the information desk

Ranger Lt. Wickens on the Competition of Inclusion

The ranger at the information table talks to the child and woman during the festival

Ranger Lt. Wickens on the Competition of Inclusion

Village of Saranac Lake
Essex and Franklin Counties
Saranac Lake 3P:
On March 5, six Free Forest Rangers participated within the Saranac Lake 3P (Pedal, Paddle, and Pole.) Lt. Burns skied down Mt. Pisgah, Ranger O’Connor rode a fats bike from Mt. Pisgah to Dewey Mountain, Ranger Praczkajlo cross-country skied at Dewey Mountain, Ranger Adams biked to Beaver Park, Ranger Lewis paddled from Beaver Park to Saranac Lake Fish and Sport Membership, and Ranger Duchene ran uphill from the sport membership to Mt. The Pisgah end line. The group completed in third place out of 13 groups with a time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Rangers pose for a picture with bikes and skis in the snow

(From left) Rangers Lewis, Praczkajlo, O’Connor, Duchene, Lt. Burns and Ranger Adams at Saranac 3P

You’ll want to put together and plan correctly earlier than coming into the backcountry. Go to DEC’s Hike Sensible NY, Adirondack Backcountry Data and Catskill Backcountry Data internet pages for extra info.

If an individual wants a Forest Ranger, whether or not for search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report criminality on state lands and easements, they need to name 833-NYS-RANGERS. If an individual wants emergency assist, they’ll name 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for details about a selected location, the DEC web site has cellphone numbers for every Ranger listed by area.

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