Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Lost 70-year-old spends night in Moose Pond lean-to, escorted to trailhead following day

forest ranger reports graphicVillage of Saranac Lake
Franklin County
Training: From May 6 to 10, Forest Rangers Adams, Bowler, and O’Connor participated in a Police Bike Patrol and Safety Course hosted by the Saranac Lake Police Department. This course is a requirement for Forest Rangers who patrol the rail trail on bicycles.

Police bike school

Police bike school. NYS DEC photo.

Towns of Fine and Guilderland
Albany and St. Lawrence Counties
Prescribed Fires: On May 7, Forest Ranger Laymon joined staff and volunteers from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests and the Albany Pine Bush to conduct a prescribed fire on 50 acres in the Pine Bush in the town of Guilderland.

On May 9, Forest Rangers joined Ranger School students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry to conduct a prescribed fire on 0.6 acres of land on East Boundary Road in the town of Fine. In addition to propagating warm season grasses, the burn served as a training tool for new wildland firefighters.

Prescribed fire is an important land management tool used to improve habitat for lands and wildlife. These burns are regulated by law and regulation and require technical expertise to conduct safely. Controlled burns help prevent the spread of invasive species, and in some areas, prescribed fire is also used to reduce the buildup of wood, timber litter, and other hazards that fuel fires in order to reduce the potential for wildfires that threaten public safety and critical infrastructure. DEC carefully and responsibly implements prescribed fires only when conditions are favorable to meet land management goals.

Prescribed fire in Fine

Prescribed fire in Fine. NYS DEC photo.

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Search: On May 8 at 6:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from an SOS beacon near Moose Pond and the Northville Placid Trail. The subject was a 70-year-old from North Carolina who was not injured, but was lost. At 10:40 p.m., Forest Rangers DuChene and Praczkajlo reached the subject, determined he needed rest before hiking out, and helped him to the Moose Pond lean-to where he spent the night. At 11:39 a.m. the following morning, Rangers returned to the lean-to and helped hike the subject out of the woods. They reached the trailhead at 2:27 p.m.

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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