Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Ceremony held for 38 graduates, rangers recognized for courageous, dedicated service

forest ranger reportTowns of Franklin and Santa Clara
Franklin County
Illegal ATV Use:
 On Dec. 1, Ranger Praczkajlo followed ATV tracks in the town of Franklin and determined the operators were riding the ATVs illegally on Forest Preserve land. When the Ranger located the operators, he issued two tickets to each, including for driving unregistered ATVs. On Dec. 2, Ranger Praczkajlo followed other ATV tracks and found an operator from Bloomingdale driving an unregistered ATV illegally on a public easement. He issued two tickets. An ATV must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles if it is operated anywhere in New York State, including the owner’s property.

Village of Lake Placid
Essex County
Awards Ceremony:
 On Dec. 2, New York celebrated 38 new graduates from the 23rd Basic School for New York State Forest Rangers. For the last six months, the recruits endured strenuous training at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus in Wanakena and the Huntington Wildlife Forest in Newcomb. The 38 graduates will join 121 current Rangers to create the largest Ranger force in DEC history. Ranger Corey earned both the Physical Fitness and Academic Excellence awards. Ranger Greagan earned the Physical Fitness Award. Ranger Snye earned the Stewardship and Marksmanship awards.

Bagpipes and honor guard at Forest Ranger graduation. DEC photo.

Ranger Snye (right) receives Stewardship award from
Ranger Kabrehl. DEC photo.

Ranger Greagan (right) receives the Physical Fitness award from Division of Forest Protection Director John Solan. DEC photo.

23rd Basic School for New York State Forest Rangers graduates in Lake Placid. DEC photo.

Village of Lake Placid
Essex County
Awards Ceremony:
 On Dec. 2, DEC Forest Rangers held the 2022 Forest Ranger Awards Ceremony in Lake Placid. Ranger Snyder earned the Meritorious Service Award for her work in the development and maintenance of the Division of Forest Protection’s SharePoint site and leading the Division’s field mapping capabilities. Joan Ducharme and Don Mellor earned the Colonel William F. Fox Citizen’s Award. Joan has been an administrative assistant in Region 5 for the last 35 years. Don has been volunteering for technical rescue missions since the mid-1980s. For their outstanding work over many years, Retired Ranger Candee and Captain Rogers earned the Director’s Commendation. For acts of valor, courage, bravery, and integrity, Ranger Lieutenant Hoag, and Rangers Booth, Donegan, Franke, Perryman, and Quinn earned the Raymond Murray Award. Ranger Murray died in a plane crash in 1970 while flying aerial detection flights during wildland fire suppression efforts.

Back row from left: Deputy Commissioner for Public Protection Steve Smith, Director John Solan, Ranger Perryman, Ranger Quinn,Ranger Booth, Captain Rogers, and Ranger Franke. Front row from left: Lieutenant Hoag, Colonel Cornell, Joan Ducharme,Commissioner Seggos, Don Mellor, Ranger Snyder, and Ranger Donegan. DEC photo.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack 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.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




11 Responses

  1. JohnL says:

    When I click on one of the links to a commment in the ‘Recent Almanac Comments’ on the right hand side of you opening page, it just takes me right back to your opening page, i.e. I can’t get to the comments. So, then I’ll go to the actual article itself and click on the comments. Sometimes it will then take me to the comments, but when I try to see the latest comments on the ‘Pine Marten Trapping’ articlle, it just goes back to your ‘home page’. Not sure if this is me being ‘shadow banned’ on this subject only or if anyone else is experiencing this same issue. Anyone else experiencing this Melissa? Thanks.

    • JB says:

      JohnL, I initially thought the same thing (because it is happening with the most contentious articles), but this is actually a glitch with the website. Clearing your browser cookies or browsing in “private mode” will allow you to view those pages.

      • JB says:

        As always, thanks to the Almanack/Explorer team. Off-topic, feel free to ignore everyone, but: I think it would be cool to have an Adirondack Almanack IRC or Usenet group — or at least a Mastodon presence…If there was interest of course. WordPress is arguably the best platform for an online forum like this, but the other platforms listed above are decentralized and more immune to these types of issues. And maybe something that would be nice to have as an Adirondack community.

      • Yes, viewing in “private mode” does seem to work for some people. Please keep posting with any issues you are experiencing, so we can better isolate the problems.
        Sorry this keeps happening. We are working on it!

    • Bill Ott says:

      I had similar problems in Chrome which did not appear in MS Edge.

    • Boreas says:

      Had same problem with Firefox earlier.

  2. Ryan Finnigan says:

    I propose that all unregistered ATVs used to ride illegally, whether on public land or easement land, be immediately seized, dismantled, and sold off for scrap metal with the proceeds going towards rehabilitation of damaged lands and greater enforement of ATV trespassing and natural resource degradation. Also, stiffen fines for violators and strengthen seizure penalties.

    • Brian Mcmahon says:

      The bigger issue here is the state demanding you must register ATVs that you only ride on your own property. WTF.

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