From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation:
Recent Forest Ranger Actions
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On March 21 at 7:19 a.m., a caller contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance to locate a 46-year-old woman from Greenwich who was overdue from hiking Marcy, Skylight, and Gray trails. The caller was concerned because the subject began her hike the day before at 4:30 a.m. and had not returned. Three Forest Rangers were dispatched and located the hiker’s vehicle at the ADK Loj. New York State Police Aviation assistance was requested to fly the Four Corners, Summit, and Panther Gorge. Additional Rangers joined the search, as well as the Lake Colden Caretaker, who checked the area between Feldspar and Lake Tear of the Clouds. Attempts were made to ping the subject’s phone, with no success. As Forest Rangers made sweeps of the trails at higher elevations, Forest Ranger Sarah Bode located the hiker on the trail. The woman hiked out on her own power at 2:53 p.m. and was brought to AMC Lake Placid for treatment.
DEC reminds hikers that they should always follow the Hiker Responsibility Code: be prepared for changing weather conditions, carry essentials in a day pack, use maps/guides to plan their trip, leave trip plans with friends or family, be realistic about fitness and skill level, check the weather forecast, have emergency phone numbers handy (911, DEC Emergency Dispatch: 518-408-5850, in the Adirondacks: 518-891-0235), and more. Check the DEC website for a complete list to prepare for a responsible hike.
New York State COVID-19 Response: DEC personnel from across agency divisions and regions statewide are supporting the State’s response to COVID-19. Personnel from more than 20 New York State agencies are working on response efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. DEC Forest Rangers’ expertise in the Incident Command System (ICS) and experience in applying ICS to wide area searches and large wildland fire have made them a key part of this statewide effort.
Several DEC Forest Rangers are part of the New York State Incident Management Team, or IMT, an interagency team comprised of personnel from various state, county, and local agencies who represent a variety of disciplines. The IMT assists Incident Command personnel and emergency managers in ensuring a prompt, efficient, and organized response to complex incidents.
Ban on Brush Burning: With spring officially here, DEC reminds residents that the statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning began March 16, and runs through May 14. Conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime when most wildfires occur. Every spring as the snow melts and vegetation dries out, Forest Rangers and local first responders respond to wildfires caused by illegal spring debris fires. Complying with the burn ban prevents unnecessary burdens on and dangers to state resources and local responders, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. For more details, go to DEC’s website.