New eBikes: Forest Rangers are using two new electric bicycles in DEC’s Region 5 to minimize the use of motor vehicles in some campgrounds and reduce DEC’s carbon footprint. The e-bikes have an 80-mile range when fully charged and will be used for routine patrol, law enforcement, and search and rescue missions. To learn more, visit the DEC Facebook page.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the mother of two teenagers who needed help getting out of the woods. The 13- and 16-year-olds planned to run the flatter stretch of the McKenzie Mountain Trail. The teens lost track of time and the only lights they had were their phones, but the batteries were low. Forest Ranger Curcio hiked in and met the hikers two miles from the trailhead, provided headlamps, and helped the pair back to their mother’s vehicle. Resources were clear at 8:32 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: http://on.ny.gov/