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January, 2018

Rangers rescue three hikers hurt on icy trails

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In separate incidents, state forest rangers recently rescued three hikers hurt on icy trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Here is the latest Rangers Report from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Town of Roxbury Delaware County Search:  On Jan. 21 at around 8:20 a.m., the New York State Police contacted DEC’s Central Dispatch requesting Forest Ranger assistance in a search for a missing 22-year-old male last seen leaving a residence on Ferris Farm Road around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20. A command post was established at the Roxbury Fire Department, and for two days 11 Forest Rangers organized personnel and resources >>More


January, 2018

Governor Cuomo releases 2018-19 budget proposal

Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2018-19 budget proposal on Tuesday. Following is Protect the Adirondacks’ news release on what’s in it for the North Country. Governor Cuomo released his new budget for 2018-19 on January 16th. The Legislature will now hold budget hearings and react with their own spending priorities. Chronic issues around public education and health care spending will likely dominate deliberations around adoption of a new budget, but this year will see politics and political posturing move to the center stage as Governor Cuomo is up for re-election this year, and probably faces a primary in September, and >>More


January, 2018

Injured snowboarder rescued on Mount Marcy

Mount Marcy rescue

A snowboarder was rescued by helicopter after injuring himself on Mount Marcy. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the man punctured his mouth on a stick, presumably in a fall. It is one of four incidents described in DEC’s latest Ranger Report, which follows. Town of Brasher St. Lawrence County Rescue:  On Jan. 8 at 3:09 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from the New York State Police about a vehicle stuck on a snowmobile trail. The operator, a 68-year-old Covington man, was unable to walk out to the road due to health reasons. Two Forest >>More


January, 2018

Hiker gets cold feet in frigid temps

State forest rangers only had one mission in the Adirondacks, according to DEC’s latest Ranger Report from December 25 until January 1. Read about the incident below, during which forest rangers responded to a hiker suffering from cold feet. Town of Keene Essex County Search:  On Dec. 28 at 8 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a radio call from the Adirondack Mountain Club’s John’s Brook Lodge outpost concerning a 57-year-old male from Brooklyn who was having issues with his feet. The subject had hiked Little Haystack Mountain and when he returned to Camp Peggy O’Brian at John’s Brook Lodge, he >>More


December, 2017

Company agrees to remove stored tank cars from Adirondacks

Tank cars near Boreas River

Union Tank Car Company agreed this week to remove its stored tank cars from unused railroad tracks in the Forest Preserve. The following are press releases from the Adirondack Council and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office praising the move.   ADIRONDACK COUNCIL THANKS WARREN BUFFETT FOR AGREEING TO REMOVE OIL TANK CARS FROM FOREST PRESERVE Organization Still Wants Rail Road to Stop Storing Other Junked Cars   MINERVA, N.Y. – The Adirondack Council offered its thanks to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, whose subsidiary Union Tank Car Company agreed Tuesday to remove its 65 derelict oil tank rail cars from the >>More


December, 2017

Grant to help Lake George partnership reduce road salt, invasives

The S.A.V.E Lake George Partnership will benefit from $800,000 in grants through the Capital District Regional Economic Development Council to reduce road salt use and eradicate invasive species. Following is a press release from S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership. LAKE GEORGE, NY—Today, The S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership—a public/private consortium of local leaders committed to protecting Lake George—applauded Governor Cuomo’s announcement of two major grant awards that will be applied to protect Lake George from harmful road salt and aquatic invasive species. Awarded through the Capital District Regional Economic Development Council, the salt reduction grant will provide $200,000 to expand application of >>More


December, 2017

DEC: Be prepared for winter in the Adirondacks

Adirondack winter

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising recreationists to be prepared for winter conditions in the Adirondacks. With this week’s storm, snow depths in the region range from two to eighteen inches. Following is DEC’s news release. The recent snowstorm is providing good conditions for winter outdoor recreation in the Adirondack backcountry, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Visitors should be prepared with proper clothing and equipment for snow, ice, and cold to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter experience. “Now that snow has arrived in the Adirondacks, visitors can take advantage >>More


December, 2017

Rangers say missing hunter was on narcotics

State forest rangers and law-enforcement personnel searching for a missing hunter found him “in an unresponsive state,” evidently under the influence of drugs, in central New York over the weekend. The search for the hunter is one of four incidents in DEC’s latest Ranger Report. The full report follows: Town of Colonie Albany County Prescribed Burn: On Dec. 8, Forest Rangers David Nally, Jason Scott, and Kevin Slade participated in a 14.3-acre prescribed burn at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The area, named the Axlegrease Unit, consisted of a heavy grass fuel model. Rangers assisted with firing, holding, and mop-up operations >>More


December, 2017

Rangers rescue 3 hikers without headlamps

Petzl headlamp

Last week’s Forest Ranger Report from the Department of Environmental Conservation noted that a ranger had to rescue two hikers overtaken by darkness on Thomas Mountain. In this week’s Ranger Report, three of the five incidents involved searches for people benighted in the woods. In all four of these incidents, the people rescued failed to bring a flashlight or headlamp–one of the ten essentials you should bring on every hike. Following is this week’s report for November 27-December 3: Town of Denning County of Ulster Search: On Nov. 30 at approximately 1 p.m., a woman received a text message from her >>More


November, 2017

Deer hunter indicted in woman’s death

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On the day before Thanksgiving, Rosemary Billquist, 43, was walking dogs in a field in the evening when she was shot by a hunter who evidently mistook her for a deer. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the hunter has been indicted on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, which carries a prison term of 5 to 15 years. Following is the DEC news release. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced today that the man who shot and killed a woman walking her >>More


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