New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers.
Town of Mayfield
River Search: On March 21st at 3:40 pm, Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with a potential search after a kayak was seen floating down the Kennyetto River. Forest Rangers Kerr, Morehouse, Nally, Scott, and Thompson were joined by New York State Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and Mayfield Fire. At approximately 5:30 pm, the kayak was retrieved. The search concluded after Rangers determined the kayak had been tied to a tree and likely broke free after the ice melted.
Town of Mamakating
Wildland Fire: On March 22nd at 4:15 pm, Forest Ranger Franke responded to an open burn off Route 209 in the town of Mamakating. A 41-year-old from Manhattan was burning brush and had left the fire unattended. Due to high winds and dry conditions, the fire spread to approximately 2.5 acres of land. Westbrookville Fire responded and had the fire under control by 4:45 pm. Ranger Franke issued tickets to the subject for violating New York’s statewide brush burn ban.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.