Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Rangers respond to Lowville flooding, lost/injured hikers; recover body of overturned Hudson River kayaker

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue: On July 9, at 6 p.m., Forest Ranger Milano responded to a call for a 14-year-old hiker from Massachusetts suffering from heat exhaustion at OK Slip Falls. The subject’s group leader attempted to cool him down, but he was still hot and having an anxiety attack. Ranger Milano worked with Indian Lake Fire Department to treat the subject, calm and cool him down, and then walked him out to an awaiting ambulance. Resources were clear at 9 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Rangers assist lost and injured hikers, recover drowned swimmers, relocate rattlesnake found in lean-to

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On July 3 at 3:50 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with an ankle injury two miles in on the Street Mountain trail. While hiking in to the 26-year-old from Rochester, Forest Ranger O’Connor spoke to a hiking party who had wrapped the subject’s ankle with a bandage. Ranger O’Connor splinted the subject’s ankle and helped him down the trail. Rangers Duchene, Lewis, O’Connor, and Praczkajlo paddled the subject across Heart Lake where he was met by a Lake Placid ambulance. Resources were clear at 6:34 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Wright Mountain hiker breaks nose & teeth following fall, Lake Colden Outpost hiker dislocates knee

forest ranger reports graphicHamlet of Wanakena
St. Lawrence County
Forest Ranger Academy: The 24th Basic School for Forest Rangers completed week six of their training at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School. The recruits received training in defensive tactics, wildland firefighting, electronic communications, as well as swimming and water survival. Anyone interested in becoming a Forest Ranger must sign up for the next civil service exam before Aug. 14. The exam is scheduled for Sept. 28.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Glens Falls man located on Rt. 9 without shoes or a shirt two days after getting lost on Pack Forest nature trail

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Warrensburg
Warren County
Wilderness Search: On June 18, at 11:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a concerned party about a subject who was last seen the day before on the Pack Forest nature trail. Forest Rangers Kabrehl and Savarie performed linear searches overnight with negative results.

At 8:45 a.m., the Warren County Sheriff’s office advised the 45-year-old from Glens Falls was located walking on Route 9 without shoes or a shirt. Forest Ranger Captain Ganswindt and Ranger Savarie interviewed the subject who advised he had become lost on June 17 and found his way to the main road early on June 19. A sheriff’s deputy transported the subject to the hospital for dehydration treatment.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

19 rangers join search for 68-year-old man missing overnight on Marcy

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Western
Oneida County
Law Enforcement: On June 11, at 12:37 p.m., while inspecting a campsite at Buck Hill State Forest, Forest Ranger Lieutenant Hoag and Ranger Piersma encountered a subject with an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the town of New Hartford. The 35-year-old was wanted on a grand larceny charge. Rangers took the subject into custody without incident and transported them to the New Hartford Police Department.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Armed teens hid in camper after stealing vehicle; subjects located in Burke following multi-agency search

forest ranger reports graphicVillage of Northville
Fulton County
Public Outreach: On June 1, Forest Ranger Hamm joined Smokey Bear to celebrate National Trails Day and the 100th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail in the village of Northville. Ranger Hamm and Smokey Bear taught visitors about fire safety and the various tools Forest Rangers use for fire suppression and search and rescue. The event included a children’s fishing derby, local vendors, live music, fireworks, and a trolley ride around the village.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Two children reunited with parents after getting lost on Mt. Marcy

forest ranger reports graphicHamlet of Wanakena
St. Lawrence County
Ranger Academy: From May 27 to 31, the 24th Basic School for Forest Rangers completed week two of training at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) Ranger School. The recruits completed training in procedural justice, ethics and professionalism, first aid including CPR, and incident response.

On May 31, Forest Ranger staff and the recruit class conducted a remembrance celebration for the late Captain Chris Kostoss by participating in a ruck hike up to Cathedral Rock while carrying weighted packs and rescue equipment. After reaching the summit, a mock rescue was organized and executed, followed by a brief ceremony at the campus flagpole commemorating Captain Kostoss’ contributions to the Division of Forest Protection and highlighting the importance of mental health. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

11-year-old reunited with hiking party after losing trail at Whiteface

forest ranger reports graphicHamlet of Wanakena
St. Lawrence County
Ranger Academy: On May 19, DEC opened the 24th Basic School for Forest Rangers for the newest class of Ranger recruits at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) Ranger School. Eleven recruits signed in Sunday night and started training; two withdrew from the academy during opening week. There are currently seven men and two women in this recruit class. Throughout the week, recruits received training in physical fitness and wellness, introduction to law including constitutional law, cultural diversity, basic computer skills, and general academy orientation.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Injured hiker air rescued following 20-foot fall on Poke-O-Moonshine Mt.

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wilmington
Essex County
Training: On May 16, six Forest Rangers served as instructors for eight Rangers during swift water training at the flume in Wilmington. The location was selected due to the frequency and technical nature of rescues and recovery missions that have historically occurred at the location.

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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.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Multiple agencies conduct night rescue for Pitchoff Mt. hiker with broken ankle

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Russia
Herkimer County
Wilderness Rescue: While on patrol April 29, at 4:01 p.m., Forest Ranger Waligory encountered an injured subject in the grass just north of a public forest access road. The 54-year-old from Boonville had hit a rut while riding a dual sport motorcycle. The subject was thrown from the motorcycle, resulting in a separated shoulder. Ranger Waligory assessed the subject’s injuries, stabilized his head, and called for an ambulance. At 4:25 p.m., the Poland Fire Department and Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance arrived and transported the subject to the hospital.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Lost, injured hikers in Essex County, Washington County brush fire contained

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Hudson
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On April 23 at 9 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 about a hiker in distress on the Hunters Pass trail. The 32-year-old hiker had injured her knee, and her flashlight was dying. Forest Rangers reached the subject at 11 p.m. and walked her back to the trailhead.

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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.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Volunteer firefighters receive wildland fire training at Paul Smith’s College VIC

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Brighton
Franklin County
Training: On April 13 and 14, Forest Ranger Lieutenant Dicintio and Rangers O’Connor and Praczkajlo taught wildland fire courses to 17 volunteer firefighters at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center. The volunteer firefighters often work side-by-side with Forest Rangers during wildland fires.

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.

Wildland fire course

Wildland fire course. NYS DEC photo.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Rangers called to only one rescue on April 8; injured Mount Saint Regis hiker air lifted

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Cambridge
Washington County
Wildland Fire: On April 1 at 3:30 p.m., Washington County 911 requested Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire on Kenyon Road. The agricultural brush burn escaped containment and spread to an adjacent structure. The Easton Fire Department was already scene when Rangers Carabetta and St. Claire arrived and helped get the one-acre fire under control. The subject who started the fire was issued a ticket for leaving a fire unattended.

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