Posts Tagged ‘forest ranger’

Friday, June 14, 2024

Community invited to Celebration of Life For Robbi Mecus on June 22

Robbi Mecus

Keene Valley, NY – The community is invited to join in a heartfelt celebration of life for Robbi Mecus. The event will be held on June 22, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Marcy Field in Keene Valley, NY (rain or shine), where family, friends, colleagues, and community members will gather to honor her memory and legacy. The event is open to all who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Robbi’s life and contributions. In lieu of celebration offerings, the family requests donations be made to causes close to Robbi’s heart and aligned with her dedication and spirit. See below for list of foundations/services. 

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Robbi Mecus: More than a forest ranger

Drawing of Robbi Mecus

Robbi once told me that writing was how she processed things. So here I am, fingers to keyboard, trying to make sense of the news I still can’t believe. 

I lost two friends in the trans community this past year. Jamie came into my life at the start of graduate school, and left this world too soon in November. He was an advocate for the trans community, and would always question the way things were done in our program. The last time I talked to him he was urging me to become a volunteer for a local trans advocacy organization. A few months later that same organization was putting on his memorial service. 

Graduation was this weekend. He should have walked across that stage. Instead a professor stood up and told us all how sad the school was to have lost Jamie, and how it should remind us all to fight for the LGBTQ+ community. 

And Robbi, Robbi helped inspire me to be the advocate I am today. To work with trans people, go back to graduate school, leave the Adirondacks for something more. 

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Surveying the Adirondacks: An intriguing undertaking

Bald Eagle in a tree

After a couple short spurts of snow at the beginning of the week, it has been all downhill for the snow cover since then. With temperatures predicted above normal for the next few days, there will be very little snow left in the woods and [unstable] ice conditions on any lake. [Back] when I was trapping beavers with my partners in the Moose River Area, they would still be trapping into April with a snowmobile…but not anymore. This is surely giving the deer a break, and if it stays like this, the bears will be out checking bird feeders on their travels.

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

Reminiscing as we celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

people gather around a campfire in winter

It is a white Christmas here at Eight Acre Wood, but just barely…with leaf cover showing through the
white stuff. Santa would have needed a motor vehicle (and not a sleigh) in most of the United States this
Christmas. I mentioned all the events going on this week in our lives including Christmas, the full moon, and our granddaughter’s wedding on December 30. [However,] I forgot the big one…and that was our 60th Wedding Anniversary [on] Wednesday, [December] 27. I surely would have been reminded if I missed that one, for sure. When you marry the girl next door, you cannot forget these things.

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Monday, February 13, 2023

In memory of an Adirondack ranger, aka dad

In honor of him and all he has done over his 85+ years of life (for he had truly done so much), I share these memories with all of you. He may have professed being “private” at times, but he was functionally and wholly a public figure in service to his community, first as a first responder and later as a veterans’ advocate. He didn’t just “belong” to me and my family, but to the community of the North Country, the Empire State of New York, and, I would argue, the world at large.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Rangers return from stint fighting western fires

South Dakota, California, and Colorado
Fighting Wildfires:
 On Oct. 16, DEC welcomed back the State’s third team of Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers deployed to help battle and contain wildfires raging in western states. The wildland firefighting crew began their assignment on Sept. 30. The crew includes a DEC Forest Ranger crew boss and nine firefighters from the ranks of Forest Rangers and other DEC programs.

Shown at left: New York State wildland firefighter in South Dakota

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

7 Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

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