DEC Forest Ranger Actions
Recent missions for June 18 to June 23 carried out by DEC Forest Rangers include:
Town of Lansing
Tompkins County Search:
At approximately 1:35 p.m. on June 18, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department requested Forest Ranger assistance to find a missing 21-year-old female with developmental disabilities who does not speak English. The subject was last seen on June 17. Forest Rangers were dispatched to the scene, organized searchers, and initiated different search techniques. The woman was located and turned over to EMS for medical evaluation.
Town of North Elba
At 6:04 p.m. on June 18, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the Adirondack Loj reporting an overdue 68-year-old hiker separated from his hiking partner while on the Indian Falls loop. The pair had separated at Avalanche Camps at 12:46 p.m., with the faster hiker going ahead. The missing hiker did not meet his companion before dark, and Forest Rangers initiated search efforts. When the missing hiker was not located during initial search efforts, additional resources were called to the ADK Loj. Responding searchers eventually encountered the missing subject at the Loj in good health.
Town of Crown Point Essex County
On June 19, Forest Rangers were notified of a possible wildland forest fire on Buck Mountain in Crown Point. Rangers responded and found that a lightning strike resulted in fire burning aerial, surface, and ground fuels. The fire was contained at 3.5 acres within 24 hours. Forest Rangers, with assistance from two inmate crews from Moriah Correctional Facility, worked for another two days to control and extinguish the fire. Rangers will continue to check the fire area and extinguish hot spots within the fire control perimeter.
Town of Petersburg
On June 19 at approximately 3 p.m., Forest Rangers were dispatched to the Petersburgh Pass area of the Taconic Ridge to search for a group of five lost hikers. The hiker that made the initial call to 911 provided coordinates. Another member of the group, a 70-year-old male subject, was having severe leg cramps possibly due to dehydration and could no longer hike. Type I search teams were assembled with members from Grafton and Petersburgh fire departments, New York State Police, Williamstown (Massachusetts) fire, and Pownal (Vermont) fire. New York State Police Aviation was also dispatched but had limited visibility of the ground due to thick tree canopy. At 5:35 p.m., a Forest Ranger and a volunteer searcher located the lost hikers at a lean-to in the Hopkins Memorial Forest close to the tri-state border monument. The Ranger and volunteer treated the dehydrated hiker and helped the group make their way down the mountain to Krum Hill Road in Vermont. During an interview after the rescue, Rangers established the group took a wrong turn based on incorrect information on Google maps and took a trail east from New York into Vermont and Massachusetts until they reached the lean-to back in New York. At 8 p.m., all of the lost hikers and search members were transported back to their vehicles at Petersburgh Pass in New York.
Town of North Elba
On June 22 at 12:38 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was contacted regarding a 52-year-old male from Phoenixville, PA, who had fallen while descending and injured his ankle 1.5 miles from the summit of Mt. Marcy. Forest Rangers and an assistant Forest Ranger were dispatched to provide assistance. The subject was reached at 2:10 p.m., and after Rangers evaluated and rendered aid, the subject was assisted to Marcy Dam and then to the ADK Loj. The subject sought medical attention on his own. The incident concluded at 4 p.m.
Town of North Elba Essex County Wilderness Search: On June 22 at 5:37 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance to locate two males, ages 12 and 42, from Glenville, who became separated from another hiker while hiking Cliff and Redfield mountains. The three subjects started at the Upper Works at 8 a.m. One subject went two miles ahead to the Redfield and Cliff herd path junction. The other hikers never showed up. A Forest Ranger responded to the Upper Works Trail and requested the Lake Colden caretaker start interviewing subjects and head in the direction of the Redfield and Cliff trail intersection. After interviewing several people, the caretaker documented sightings of the pair indicating that the 12-year-old and 42-year-old were reunited and hiking toward the trailhead. The subjects were located at 8:10 p.m., hiking toward the Upper Works trailhead. They were reunited with the reporting party and the incident concluded at 8:30 p.m.
Town of North Elba
On June 22 at 10:51 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Essex County 911 from a 57-year-old woman from Buffalo who was off trail and had no working headlamp or flashlight. The subject was hiking Street and Nye mountains. Cell phone coordinates placed the subject near Indian Pass Brook. One Ranger was dispatched to retrieve the subject. Voice contact was made with the subject at 1:14 a.m., and she and the responding Ranger were out of the woods at 2:58 a.m.
Town of Windham
State Land Protection:
On June 23, Forest Rangers received information from the local police that a large graduation party was being planned in South Mountain State Forest. Forest Rangers, two New York State troopers, and two sheriff’s deputies arrived at the site at midnight. Police encountered a party with approximately 75 individuals attending, many appeared underage. Several tickets were issued for possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under the age of 21. An appearance ticket was also issued for unlawful possession of marijuana. Officers ensured that drivers were not impaired and the party was dispersed.