New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.
Town of Ohio
Enforcement: On November 11, Forest Rangers Gregory Hoag and Robert Coscomb apprehended four subjects at an illegal camp in the West Canada Wilderness. The four subjects found at Camp Get A Way were in violation of several parts of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. The Rangers issued 20 tickets for violations, including having an illegal snowmobile and chainsaw in a wilderness area, damaging state land and cutting trees, storage of personal property, depositing litter, as well as several violations for illegal camping. The subjects have been ordered to remove the camp from the wilderness area by December 1, and are set to appear in court for these charges on January 15.
St. Lawrence County
Town of Parishville
Search: On November 13, St. Lawrence County 911 called DEC’s Central Dispatch to report two overdue hunters, both in their mid 60s. The men were due back from hunting at approximately 3 pm the day prior. When they did not show up, a family member checked a few known hunting locations without success. Lt. Terry sent four Rangers to search for the men. They joined St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s, who were on scene, and began conducting Type I searches. At approximately 1:30 am, the lost subjects responded to Rangers’ signal shots by firing shots back. Rangers were sent into the woods after taking a compass bearing on the signal shots and located the missing hunters at approximately 2:45 am. Both men were cold and wet but in good health, and were returned to their vehicle by 3:30 am. All search personnel involved cleared the scene by 4 am.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information about where you intend to travel. The Adirondack Almanack reports weekly Outdoor Conditions each Thursday afternoon.