Posts Tagged ‘Forest Ranger Reports’

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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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Boot prints lead 15 rangers to lost Mt. Marcy hiker whose clothes froze to his body

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County 
Wilderness Rescue: On March 22 at 9:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a woman reporting her 33-year-old son from New York City was overdue from hiking Mount Marcy and Gray and Skylight mountains. At 10:28 p.m., Forest Ranger Mecus located the subject’s vehicle at Adirondak Loj. Rangers Adams and Duchene attempted to retrace the subject’s itinerary, going up and over Mount Marcy and down to Four Corners. At 4:25 a.m., Ranger Mecus completed searching the trail and campsites to Lake Colden Outpost, before heading up to climb to Four Corners with Colden Caretaker Raudonis.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Injured Catamount Mt. hiker air rescued; $3,800 hunting tent stolen

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Arietta
Hamilton County
Law Enforcement: On Nov. 8, at 1 p.m., Forest Ranger Caswell received a call from a hunter who reported his hunting wall tent had been stolen on Powley Road site 13 in Arietta. Ranger Caswell went to the campsite and interviewed the subject who first discovered the tent was missing. The tent’s owner posted a picture on social media, hoping the $3,800 tent would be returned. On Nov. 13, Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) received a call from someone who advised they possessed the tent in question.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Rangers assist unprepared Whiteface Mt. hikers, Dix Mt. hikers in blizzard conditions

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wilmington
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On March 9 at 4:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiking party reporting an individual with an ankle injury near the summit of Whiteface Mountain. When Rangers reached the three hikers from Quebec, they found that although the injury was not serious, the hikers were ill-prepared for conditions. Only one of the three had traction for their boots and all were wearing leggings without additional pants layers. In addition, the hikers didn’t have headlamps or navigational tools and were out of water. Rangers helped the trio back to the trailhead through the pouring rain before providing a courtesy ride to their vehicle. Rangers educated the hikers about preparedness and checking the weather before their next adventure. Resources were clear at 6:55 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Thirty rangers conduct overnight Saddleback & Basin Mt. rescues

forest ranger reports graphicTowns of Hamilton, Middletown, Russia, Seward, and Stamford
Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, and Schoharie Counties

On Feb. 26, Forest Rangers responded to fires caused by debris burning in Delaware and Madison counties, including one a fire in town of Hamilton that was more than 20 acres. On Feb. 27, Rangers responded to fires in Delaware and Schoharie counties, both caused by debris burning with wind carrying fire to grassy and wooded areas.

On Feb. 29, Rangers responded to a small fire in Herkimer County. To date, the winter season has not provided typical snow cover across much of New York State, leaving dormant vegetation from last year’s growing season exposed and susceptible to the daily fluctuations of spring weather. To help prevent fires, DEC is advocating extra vigilance before the statewide burn ban goes into effect on March 16.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Injured Pitchoff Mt. ice climber rescued via toboggan, rope system

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 20 at 1:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call to assist an ice climber who fell while climbing Pitchoff Mountain, injuring his hip. The 73-year-old from Massachusetts was on the Jackrabbit Ski Trail off Old Mountain Road. Using a rope system, seven Forest Rangers lowered the patient and stabilized him in a rescue toboggan. Rangers attached the toboggan to a snowmobile and rode the patient to a Lake Placid ambulance waiting at the trailhead. Resources were clear at 4:10 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND PHOTOS

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