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Forest Ranger Division Fact Sheet for 2015

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

  • 2,931,512 Adirondack & Catskill Forest Preserve
  • 796,777 State Forests, Reforestation and Multiple Use Areas
  • 200,906 Wildlife Management Areas
  • 848,803 Conservation Easements
  • 4,103 Other DEC Lands
  • 110,531 New York City Department of Environmental Protection Access Lands
  • 4,892,632 Total acres of DEC Administered Lands

2015 Population

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

Wildfire Management Program

  • 127 Fires Suppressed in the Spring
  • 36 Fires Suppressed in the Summer
  • 12 Fires Suppressed in the Fall/Winter
  • 3,924 Acres Burned
  • 11 Prescribed Fires
  • 268 Acres of Prescribed Fire
  • 3,287 Burning Permits Issued
  • 117 Burning Permits Inspected
  • 37 Wildfire Control or ICS Training Events with 728 Participants
  • 24 Fire Prevention Events with 6,896 Participants
  • 73 Fire Prevention Law Violations/Tickets
  • 262 $1,500 Grants to Rural VFDs

Search & Rescue Program

  • 178 Search Missions
  • 149 Rescue Missions
  • 13 Recoveries
  • 1 Fugitive Search
  • 84 Search and Rescue or First Aid Training Events with 2,071 Participants

Protection of State Lands & Resources

  • 70,439 Inspections of Trailheads/Access Points
  • 21,262 Miles of Trails Walked, Snowshoe, Ski
  • 1,531 Hours of Boat Patrol
  • 1,972 Navigation Law Safety Checks
  • 22,155 Miles of Snowmobile Patrol
  • 17,529 Snowmobile Law Safety Checks
  • 11,046 Inspections of Occupied Campsites
  • 1,807 State Land Camping Permits Issued
  • 2,645 Miles of State Boundary Line Inspected
  • 1,056 State Land Use Permits Inspected
  • 1,496 Patrols of DEC Public Campgrounds
  • 1,213 Conservation Easement Inspections
  • 258 ATV Violation Tickets Issued
  • 1,767 State Land Offense Tickets/Arrests
  • 345 Offenses Related to Snowmobile Use
  • 133 Fish and Wildlife Offense Tickets
  • 271 Other EnCon or Other Law Offenses
  • 25 Outdoor Use Presentations to 5,557 Participants

Licensed Guide Program

  • 2,288 Licensed Guides on 12/31/15
  • 242 New Guide Licenses Issued
  • 330 Guide Licenses Renewed or Updated
  • 0 Guide Licenses Revoked
  • 710 Checks of Licensed Guide Credentials
  • 2 License Guide Violations Ticketed

Other

  • 1,681Calls-for-Service/Complaints
  • 727 Incidents of Assisting Other Agencies
  • 93 Other Presentations, Fairs and Career Talks to 11,822 Attendees

How Rangers Spent Their Time in 2015

  • 44% State Land Patrol and Enforcement
  • 14% Fire Management Activities
  • 17% Search and Rescue Missions and Training
  • 0% Basic Academy and Police Training
  • 18% Administrative Responsibilities
  • 7% Support to Other Programs and Agencies

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