Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Rangers rescue hiker on Johns Brook Trail, conduct flat ice rescue training

forest ranger reportTown of Stratford
Fulton County
Snowmobile Safety Education:
 On Dec.28, Forest Rangers Thompson and Hamm assisted the Stratford Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club and Hamilton County Snowmobile Patrol Officer Arena with the New York State Snowmobile Safety Course. Rangers instructed 28 participants at the Oppenheim Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. The course allows youth ages 14 to 17 to operate a snowmobile on lands where snowmobiling is allowed, and youth ages 10 to 13 to ride where permitted while accompanied by an adult. The course includes the basics of snowmobile operation and navigation, New York State laws and regulations, and trail preparedness. Other New York State snowmobile safety courses can be found at the NYS Parks website (leaves DEC website).

Town of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Flat Ice Rescue Training:
 On Dec. 22, Forest Ranger Milano conducted flat ice rescue training for 15 Rangers on Long Lake. Rangers spent hours practicing and demonstrating rescue skills to better respond and manage incidents when subjects fall through the ice.

Flat ice rescue training

Flat ice rescue training. DEC photo.

Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties
Public Outreach:
 On Jan. 1, Forest Rangers participated in First Day Hikes across the state. Rangers Jansen and Shea joined DEC Region 6 staff in the Southville State Forest in St. Lawrence County. Ranger Shea reviewed hiking safety tips with young explorers. Ranger Evans hiked the Carpenter Road trail in Lewis County with staff and participants who joined together to connect with nature on the first day of the new year.

First Day Hike at Carpenter Road trail

First Day Hike at Carpenter Road trail with Ranger Evans. DEC photo.

First Day Hike at Southville State Forest with Rangers Jansen and Shea. DEC photo.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Jan. 2 at 2:15 p.m., Ray Brook dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with a hiker who collapsed in the snow on Johns Brook Trail. The original call indicated the 22-year-old from Ellenburg Depot was three-quarters of a mile in on the trail. At 4:30 p.m., Rangers found the subject and the caller 2.5 miles in on the trail in hazardous conditions. Rangers used backpack carriers and reached the Garden trailhead at 9:25 p.m., where they were met by a Keene Valley ambulance. The hiker was taken to Elizabethtown Hospital for further medical care. Volunteers from the Keene Valley Fire Department’s Backcountry Rescue Team assisted with the carryout. Video of the carryout (Johns Brook Trail Rescue) is available at DEC’s website.

Rangers rescue hiker on Johns Brook trail

Rangers rescue hiker on Johns Brook Trail. 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.

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