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Forest Ranger Division Fact Sheet for 2016

Division Members

  • 106 Forest Rangers
  • 28 Forest Ranger Lieutenants, Captains & Directors
  • 9 Administrative Support Staff
  • 3 Fire Cache Equipment Specialists

State Lands and Easements Acres

  • 2,961,926 Adirondack & Catskill Forest Preserve
  • 797,473 State Forests, Reforestation and Multiple Use Areas
  • 198,738 Wildlife Management Areas
  • 909,030 Conservation Easements
  • 9,451 Other DEC Lands
  • 58,333 New York City Department of Environmental Protection Access Lands
  • 4,934,951 Total acres of DEC Administered Lands

2016 Population

  • 19.8 million in New York State
  • 32.8 million in Surrounding States (VT, MA, CT, NJ, PA)

Wildfire Management Program

  • 86 Fires Suppressed in the Spring
  • 54 Fires Suppressed in the Summer
  • 45 Fires Suppressed in the Fall/Winter
  • 4,191 Acres Burned
  • 13 Prescribed Fires
  • 352 Acres of Prescribed Fire
  • 2,547 Burning Permits Issued
  • 102 Burning Permits Inspected
  • 23 Wildfire Control or ICS Training Events with 11,335 Participants
  • 24 Fire Prevention Events with 6,896 Participants
  • 81 Fire Prevention Law Violations/Tickets
  • 289 $1,500 Grants to Rural VFDs

Search & Rescue Program

  • 216 Search Missions
  • 131 Rescue Missions
  • 9 Recoveries
  • 1 Fugitive Search
  • 53 Search and Rescue or First Aid Training Events with 1,112 Participants

Protection of State Lands & Resources

  • 70,905 Inspections of Trailheads/Access Points
  • 20,355 Miles of Trails Walked, Snowshoe, Ski
  • 1,534 Hours of Boat Patrol
  • 2,002 Navigation Law Safety Checks
  • 4,733 Miles of Snowmobile Patrol
  • 4,502 Snowmobile Law Safety Checks
  • 10,893 Inspections of Occupied Campsites
  • 1,851 State Land Camping Permits Issued
  • 2,082 Miles of State Boundary Line Inspected
  • 1,261 State Land Use Permits Inspected
  • 1,463 Patrols of DEC Public Campgrounds
  • 1,283 Conservation Easement Inspections
  • 345 ATV Violation Tickets Issued
  • 1,230 State Land Offense Tickets/Arrests
  • 149 Offenses Related to Snowmobile Use
  • 125 Fish and Wildlife Offense Tickets
  • 631 Other EnCon or Other Law Offenses
  • 18 Outdoor Use Presentations to 2,640 Participants

Licensed Guide Program

  • 2,317 Licensed Guides on 12/31/16
  • 222 New Guide Licenses Issued
  • 288 Guide Licenses Renewed or Updated
  • 1 Guide Licenses Revoked
  • 264 Checks of Licensed Guide Credentials
  • 1 License Guide Violations Ticketed

Other

  • 1,777 Calls-for-Service/Complaints
  • 574 Incidents of Assisting Other Agencies
  • 92 Other Presentations, Fairs and Career Talks to 163,939 Attendees

How Rangers Spent Their Time in 2016

  • 47% State Land Patrol and Enforcement
  • 13% Fire Management Activities
  • 12% Search and Rescue Missions and Training
  • 13% Basic Academy and Police Training
  • 9% Administrative Responsibilities
  • 6% Support to Other Programs and Agencies

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