Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Cranberry Lake campers charged with illegal tree cutting

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Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Clifton
St. Lawrence County
Campground Eviction:
 On July 18 at 2:30 p.m., Cranberry Lake Campground staff called Ray Brook dispatch to request Forest Ranger assistance with a group of campers who cut down a maple tree and did not register their site. Rangers Baldwin and Jansen informed the group of campground regulations and issued a ticket for illegally cutting down a tree.

illegally-cut tree at campground site
Illegal tree cutting at Cranberry Lake Campground

Town of Webb
Herkimer County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 21 at 4:20 p.m., Forest Rangers responded to a report of a hiker with a leg injury on the trail to Bald Mountain. Assistant Forest Ranger (AFR) Bolton reached the 51-year-old from New Hampshire, wrapped her ankle, and provided medication for pain and swelling. Ranger McCartney arrived moments later and the two Rangers helped the hiker and her daughter back down the mountain. The pair reached their car at 6:07 p.m.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescues:
 On July 22 at 4:15 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received calls for a hiker with a knee injury on Basin Mountain and a hiker with an ankle injury on Mount Colden. New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation was called in to assist with both rescues. AFR Jackson helped the 20-year-old from Binghamton with the ankle injury to the Lake Colden outpost where NYSP Pilot Oropallo had landed. At 5:20 p.m., the patient was flown to the hospital. At 6 p.m., NYSP Pilot Oropallo flew with Rangers Lewis and O’Connor to Basin Mountain. Ranger Lewis lowered Ranger O’Connor down to help the 35-year-old from Painted Post who had suffered a knee injury. The responders performed a successful hoist operation and flew the patient to the hospital.

Ranger being lowered down by helicopter to injured hiker
Ranger O’Connor lowered down Basin Mountain

Ranger looks on as injured hiker is lifted out by helicopter
Injured hiker hoisted from Basin Mountain

Ranger and rescued hiker in a helicopter
Ranger Lewis and injured hiker from Basin Mountain

Town of Stratford
Fulton County
Law Enforcement:
 On July 23 at 3:25 p.m., Forest Ranger Geyer and ECO Newell responded to Ferris Lake Wild Forest to arrest a camper wanted on a bench warrant. At 4:45 p.m., Ranger Geyer transferred the 53-year-old from Stratford to Herkimer Village Police without incident. The warrant stemmed from a failure to appear following a charge of resisting an officer.

Town of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Allergic Reaction:
 On July 24 at 11:44 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a message from a beacon device alerting Forest Rangers to a 14-year-old from Chadwicks who was having an allergic reaction, including throat swelling and hives due to a previously unknown nut allergy. The group on the boat administered an epinephrine injection, but it didn’t provide any relief. Forest Rangers Corey and Milano were on patrol on Long Lake and reached the subject within 11 minutes of the call. Rangers transported the teenager to the boat launch and turned over care to the Long Lake Rescue Squad.

ranger on a boat with a child
Ranger Corey and 14-year-old

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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