Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:
Towns of Keene and North Hudson
Technical Rope Technician Training: From June 6 to 11, 17 Forest Rangers from across the state attended a 40-hour technical rope technician training. Led by instructor-level Forest Rangers, the training is the Division of Forest Protection’s highest level of technical rope training. Forest Rangers conduct dozens of technical rescues a year. This training provides Rangers with the skills required to safely lead these rescue operations. Technicians also serve as instructors to other Rangers statewide. Forest Rangers are accredited members of the Mountain Rescue Association.
Town of Clifton
St. Lawrence County
Wilderness Rescue: On June 11 at 10:23 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Garmin Inreach Services reporting a 50-year-old woman from Vernon, New Jersey, with a broken ankle on the Olmstead Pond Trail, in the Five Ponds Wilderness. Three Forest Rangers and two Assistant Forest Rangers, along with the Cranberry Lake Rescue Squad and Star Lake Rescue, responded. Once on scene, rescuers splinted the hiker’s leg and she was carried out to a waiting rescue boat. The hiker was then transported across Cranberry Lake where an ambulance brought her to a local hospital for additional medical care.
Town of Schroon
Wilderness Rescue: On June 13 at 4:21 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting that a woman at a tent site in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area was experiencing difficulty breathing, hives, and dizziness after an insect bite. Forest Rangers Arnold and Donegan responded and at 6:30 p.m., Ranger Arnold advised that they made contact with the woman who started walking out with her father. The 34-year-old woman from Utica began to improve after a passing hiker gave her Benadryl. The Rangers escorted them the remainder of the distance back to the trailhead via a six-wheeler. At 7:40 p.m., the hiker was back out to the trailhead and said she would seek further medical assistance on her own.