Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Rangers participate in wildland fire training in Keene, Brushton Youth Day in Moira

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Keene
Essex County
Training: On April 15, Forest Rangers Duchene, Foutch, and Lewis conducted wildland fire training for the Keene and Keene Valley Fire Departments. Rangers covered wildland firefighting tactics and included a program on ATV/UTV operations in the woods.

Wildland fire training in Keene

Wildland fire training in Keene. NYS DEC photo.

City of Albany, Towns of Brookhaven, Groveland, Lysander, and Southampton, and Village of Stillwater
Albany, Livingston, Onondaga, Saratoga, and Suffolk Counties
Prescribed Fires: 

  • On April 16, Forest Rangers from Region 7 joined staff and volunteers from DEC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a prescribed fire on 26 acres in the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, Onondaga County. The same day, Forest Rangers from Region 1 joined staff and volunteers from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, and staff from the Central Pine Barrens Commission and Brookhaven National Laboratory to conduct a prescribed fire on 12 acres in the David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens State Forest, Suffolk County. Also on April 16, eight Forest Rangers joined staff and volunteers from DEC’s Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Forests, and Fire Wardens to conduct a prescribed fire on 75 acres in Sonyea State Forest, Livingston County.
  • On April 16 and 17, Forest Ranger Carabetta participated in a prescribed fire organized by the National Park Service on 66 acres of the Saratoga National Historical Park, Saratoga County.
  • On April 17, Forest Ranger Laymon joined staff and volunteers from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, and Albany Pine Bush staff to conduct a prescribed fire on 38.5 acres in the Albany Pine Bush, Albany County. On the same day, 11 Forest Rangers joined Central Pine Barrens Commission staff to conduct a prescribed fire on 32 acres in the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest, Suffolk County.

Controlled burns help prevent the spread of invasive species and reduce the risk of uncontrolled wildfires.

Town of Moira
Franklin County
Public Outreach: On April 20, Ranger Russell participated in the Brushton Youth Day event at the Brushton – Moira American Legion Post 939 and spoke to children and families about the duties and responsibilities of Forest Rangers. Ranger Russell showed off the Ranger all-terrain vehicles and other equipment used in search-and-rescue operations.

Brushton Youth Family Day event in the town of Moria

Brushton Youth Day event in the town of Moira. 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.




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