Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:
Town of Hadley
Wilderness Search: On Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call requesting Forest Ranger assistance for a 36-year-old from Glenmont in medical distress approximately one-half mile into the Hadley Mountain Fire Tower trail. Forest Rangers Kabrehl and Perryman responded and located the subject, who had suffered a head injury. Rangers helped the subject out of the woods and met an ambulance at the trailhead. The hiker declined further medical care and resources were clear by 4:30 p.m.
Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY, Adirondack Backcountry Information and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.
If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.
Need something like a required ADK hikers insurance, say $20-40 bucks a year and carry a card, to help pay the burden of constant rescues cost on local tax payers. those without card are required to pay for their inept hiking abilities. or just require a card and those without card are fined.
Why is this any different than if someone slips and falls on a town sidewalk, or in a park? Should everyone have to pay to be assisted by the police or the fire department? The cost of these rescues is miniscule in the grand scheme of budgets compared to other places where $millions are wasted. Spending money to possibly save someone’s life is the type of thing I like to see taxpayer dollars doing. Hadley can be very slippery, with the emphasis on very. There are long stretches where it proceeds steeply up bare bedrock that is prone to becoming a sheet of black ice. Accidents can happen to anyone.
“Why is this any different than if someone slips and falls on a town sidewalk, or in a park?”
It differs in scale, risk, and cost. Not to mention, backcountry sports are inherently riskier than walking on a sidewalk – and are a choice, not a necessity.