Recent NY DEC Forest Ranger actions:
Town of Ohio
Wilderness Enforcement: On Nov. 13, Forest Rangers Hanno and McCartney discovered an illegal camp near a remote pond in the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area. Upon further investigation, the Forest Rangers observed multiple state land violations. On the evening of Nov. 19, the Rangers apprehended two hunters from Forestport occupying the camp. An interview with the two hunters revealed the pair was responsible for cutting out a trail, cutting 14 trees to build their camp, using a chainsaw in a wilderness area, storing personal property on state land, camping violations, and landing a plane on a prohibited body of water in a wilderness area. Forest Rangers issued multiple appearance tickets for the various offenses.
Illegal camp in town of Ohio
Town of Keene
Wilderness Rescue: On Nov. 21 at 2:16 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 34-year-old male hiker from Niskayuna with a non-weight bearing lower right leg injury. Per Acting Forest Ranger Lt. Burns, New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation was on standby with Forest Ranger Evans while Forest Ranger Mecus hiked in to evaluate the hiker’s injury. A ground team comprised of Forest Rangers Lewis, Sabo, and Russell followed in behind Ranger Mecus. At 4:15 p.m., Ranger Mecus located the injured hiker and placed him in a harness. He was then hoisted by NYSP Aviation into the helicopter and flown to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Town of Horicon
Wilderness Rescue: On Nov. 21 at 9:44 p.m., Washington County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a possible overdue hiker. After interviewing the reporting party, Forest Rangers decided that her destination was most likely Pharaoh Lake. Forest Ranger Kabrehl responded to check the trailhead and located the woman’s car. Ranger Kabrehl went into the woods, along with a Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy, and located the 44-year-old hiker from Glens Falls. The responders escorted the missing hiker safely back to the trailhead.