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.
Village of Catskill
Wilderness Rescue: On June 9th at 5:40 pm, Forest Rangers Fox and Gullen responded to a report of a 65-year-old hiker from Oneonta with an unstable leg injury on the Poet’s Ledge Trail in Kaaterskill Wild Forest. Rangers found the subject approximately two miles up the trail and splinted his right knee. With the aid of crutches, the Rangers helped the hiker down the trail until they were met by Rangers Allwine and Dawson with a litter to carry the hiker out to their UTV. The group reached the trailhead at 11:53 pm, and the hiker declined further medical attention.
Town of Wallkill
Wilderness Search: On June 6th, Forest Rangers were called to help in the search for a 26-year-old whose family was concerned about his welfare after the subject left a rehabilitation facility near Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Rangers Cowart, Jahn, and Parlier searched the area. A short time later, Rangers found the subject in the woods, uninjured. Rangers walked him out of the woods and turned the subject over to Walkill Police.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.