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 Fort Anne
Rescue: On March 30 at 4:15 pm three Forest Rangers responded to a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 47-year-old female who had sustained an ankle injury on a trail in the Pilot Knob Preserve. The trail, located on Lake George Land Conservancy property, had become icy in recent days. The subject was given medical treatment in the field for her injury and carried out to an awaiting ATV, which took her to an ambulance. The subject was back at the trailhead by 6:11 pm, and transported to the nearest hospital for further care.
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.
With the numbers of outdoor enthusiasts increasing each year, there will be more and more people needing rescue. The Forest Ranger numbers have to keep pace. Please support your Department of Environmental Conservation and its budget needs.