Recent DEC Forest Ranger actions:
Town of Piercefield
St. Lawrence County
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 17 at 10:25 a.m., DEC’s Central Dispatch received a call from a relative of two campers on the Bog River after one of the campers injured their back and had difficulty moving. Forest Rangers Baldwin, Lee, and Hogan responded to assist. At 12:20 p.m., Rangers Baldwin and Hogan located the campers and began the walk out to the road. At 1:07 p.m., Ranger Baldwin transported the campers back to their vehicle. The 66-year-old man from Honeoye Falls who had suffered the back injury stated he would seek further medical attention on his own.
Town of Keene
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a hiker with a chest injury on the Pitchoff Trail in the Sentinel Mountain Wilderness Area. Forest Ranger Praczkajlo responded to assist, locating the 68-year-old hiker from Waltham, Massachusetts, at 7:45 p.m. After administering first aid for injured ribs, the Ranger and the hiker walked out to the trailhead. At 8:33 p.m., they were back at the trailhead and the hiker stated he would seek further medical attention on his own.
Town of Dresden
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 19 at 7:43 p.m., Washington County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a hiker advising she was stuck on the trail on Black Mountain and two of her hiking companions were further up the trail. Washington County 911 provided coordinates that placed several members of the hike group from Mechanicville at the Black Mountain Point on the shore of Lake George. Forest Rangers O’Connor and Donegan responded to Black Mountain Point via a boat from Green Island, while Forest Ranger St. Claire responded to the marina at Hulett’s Landing. At 10:04 p.m., Ranger O’Connor advised that the two hikers had made their way back to the main group and that all seven hikers were on the boat and being transported to the marina. Once at the marina, Ranger St. Claire drove members of the hiking party to the trailhead to retrieve their vehicles.
Town of Wilmington
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 19 at 7:47 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker who became separated from her sister while hiking Esther Mountain. The missing hiker was last seen near the outlook at Marble Mountain. Forest Rangers Burns and Evans responded to assist. At 9:38 p.m., Ranger Evans located the 31-year-old hiker from Canton who reported that she had fallen, lost consciousness, and injured her right knee. Ranger Evans splinted the subject’s knee and escorted her down the trail to the reservoir trailhead where they were met by Ranger Burns. Once back at the trailhead, the injured hiker advised she would seek further medical treatment on her own.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 20 at 1:23 a.m., DEC’s Central Dispatch received a request for Ranger assistance for four overdue hikers spending the night at Marcy Dam as part of a group of 16. At 7:08 a.m., Forest Rangers, Assistant Forest Rangers, and caretakers responded to look for the missing hikers. The group initially set out to hike Marcy on Sept. 19, through Lake Colden but became separated. Two hikers attempted to get back to the campsite via Lake Arnold but could not make a water crossing and spent the night along the trail. At 7:15 a.m., the hikers returned to the campsite. The other two hikers became lost at Indian Falls when they accidentally took the ski trail back up toward Marcy and spent the night on the trail. Assistant Forest Ranger Engel located this pair at 9:32 a.m., and escorted them back to the group. Forest Rangers issued the hikers a ticket for an oversized group. The incident concluded at 11 a.m.