Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Snowmobile and hiking bridge reset in Wells; car stuck on Powley Rd

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wells
Hamilton County
Trail Maintenance: On Feb. 7, with approval and support from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, Forest Rangers Hamm, Nally, and Thompson joined members of the Algonquin Sno-Blazers snowmobile club to reset a snowmobile and hiking bridge displaced during early season rain and snow melt. Rangers and club members used old telephone poles and a high-strength come-along ratchet puller to slide the bridge back across the creek to allow a safe crossing for snowmobiles, snowshoers, and skiers. The Algonquin Sno-Blazers club was established in 1970. Members volunteer to maintain more than 55 miles of trails in Hamilton County.

Snowmobile and hiking bridge in disrepair

Snowmobile and hiking bridge before. NYS DEC photo.

Repaired Snowmobile and hiking bridge

Snowmobile and hiking bridge after. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Wilton
Saratoga County
Wilderness Search: On Feb. 7 at 5:45 p.m., Forest Ranger Nahor was on patrol and overheard a radio call for help with a search for a subject with dementia. Ranger Nahor joined New York State Police (NYSP) searching areas near the missing 85-year-old’s home. At 6:50 p.m., Ranger Nahor and NYSP found the subject laying down, in pain, at a nearby golf course. Ranger Hess arrived to help assess the subject. Rangers transferred care to EMS and DEC resources were clear at 7 p.m.

Town of Arietta
Hamilton County
Vehicle Stuck: While on patrol on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m., Forest Ranger Thompson was flagged down by a subject walking on Route 10. The 36-year-old from Plattsburgh had rented a car the previous day to drive to the southern Adirondacks and got stuck on Powley Road in Ferris Lake Wild Forest. In the winter, the road is a groomed snowmobile trail that connects Fulton and Hamilton County trail networks. The subject spent the night in the car to stay warm and found Ranger Thompson in the morning while looking for cell service. Ranger Thompson worked with Hamilton County to secure a tow service, but none were available. Hamilton County contacted the town of Arietta, which offered its tracked groomer to assist. Ranger Thompson and the groomer operator located the vehicle four miles southwest of Route 10 and pulled the vehicle back to the pavement. At 3 p.m., they reunited the driver and vehicle.

Powley Road vehicle recovery

Powley Road vehicle recovery. NYS 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.

One Response

  1. drdirt says:

    anyone know what creek in Wells that the bridge was re-strung???

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