Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:
Town of Keene
Wilderness Rescue: On Aug. 24 at 12:20 p.m., Forest Ranger Black responded to a report of a 70-year-old woman from New York City suffering from exhaustion on the trail to Cascade Mountain. At 1:35 p.m., Ranger Black reached the hiker’s location and determined she could walk back to the trailhead. At 2:50 p.m., the Ranger and hiker were out of the woods and the hiker declined further medical care.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On Aug. 29 at 12:04 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting a 27-year-old hiker from New Jersey suffering from exhaustion and dehydration on the Mount Marcy Trail in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area. At 3:05 p.m., Forest Ranger Evans reached the hiker’s location and gave the subject a ride on an ATV out to the Adirondak Loj. At 4:55 p.m., the hiker was out of the woods and turned over to family members. The subject advised he would seek further medical assistance on his own and all resources were clear of the scene.
Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY, Adirondack 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.