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38 New York Forest Rangers graduate academy

Lake Placid, N.Y. — The 23rd Basic School for New York State Forest Rangers recently celebrated 38 new graduates, who are now New York State Forest Rangers.

The graduation ceremony was held Dec. 2 at the ORDA Conference Center Ballroom in Lake Placid.

For the last six months, recruits have endured strenuous training at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus in the hamlet of Wanakena and the Huntington Wildlife Forest in the town of Newcomb.

As part of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Forest Protection, New York Forest Rangers protect the state’s natural resources and communities and stand ready to support states across the country in the face of emergencies like wildfires.

“Patrolling more than five million acres of land across the state, our Forest Rangers are dedicated to ensuring the public can safely enjoy our great outdoors while also protecting the State’s precious natural resources,” Forest Protection Director John Solan said, “Our Forest Rangers go above and beyond the call of duty here in New York and even assist other states by using their extensive training to help fight wild-land fires and other law enforcement agencies to help find missing people or other public service. I am thrilled to have these men and women join our ranks.”

The initial 40 Ranger recruits who entered the academy in May were trained in a wide range of rescue techniques – including rope rescues – and received extensive training in wildfire suppression, prescribed burns, water rescues and wildlife protection, among other skills. The 38 graduates will join the State’s Forest Ranger force for a total of 159.

Upon graduation, recruits are assigned patrol areas and join the ranks of Forest Rangers currently serving across the state. In 2021, Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers conducted 426 search and rescue missions, extinguished wildfires, participated in prescribed fires that served to rejuvenate hundreds of acres of land and worked on cases that resulted in hundreds of tickets or arrests.

Ranger David P. Corey earned both the Physical Fitness and Academic Excellence awards. Ranger Mary E. Greagan earned the Physical Fitness Award and Ranger Neilson J. Snye earned the Stewardship and Marksmanship awards.

On Dec. 9, 18 new Environmental Conservation Officers celebrated their graduation. The ceremony was held at New York State Fairgrounds EXPO Center, in Syracuse. Because this was after press time for this issue, a full report will be included in the Dec. 30 edition of New York Outdoor News.

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