Division of Forest Protection
NYS Forest Rangers
The Division is composed of 134 uniformed Forest Rangers, including Lieutenants, Captains and Directors, stationed at locations across the State with the greatest numbers located in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. Forest Rangers play an important role in a variety of program areas within DEC and are responsible for the preservation, protection, enhancement of the state's forest resources, and the safety and well-being of those who use these resources. See the full description of a forest ranger's responsibilities.