New York (WNY News Now) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers have undertaken an array of critical operations, including search and rescue missions, wildfire management, and law enforcement activities across the state.
Forest Rangers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have been at the forefront of safeguarding the state’s wilderness and outdoor enthusiasts.
In 2022 the DEC Forest Rangers successfully executed 359 search and rescue missions, skillfully located and rescued individuals in dire situations. Furthermore, their firefighting prowess was evident as they extinguished 162 wildfires, preventing the destruction of over 1,300 acres of land.
The Forest Rangers’ contributions extended beyond firefighting and rescue operations. Their involvement in 53 prescribed fires facilitated the rejuvenation of nearly 900 acres of land. State Rangers also resolved numerous cases resulting in the issuance of hundreds of tickets and arrests.