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Forest Ranger Division Fact Sheet for 2017

Division Members

  • 106 Forest Rangers
  • 29 Forest Ranger Lieutenants, Captains & Directors
  • 18 Seasonal Assistant Forest Rangers
  • 9 Administrative Support Staff
  • 3 Fire Cache Equipment Specialists

State Lands and Easements Acres

  • 2,963,306 Adirondack & Catskill Forest Preserve
  • 803,315 State Forests, Reforestation and Multiple Use Areas
  • 199,521 Wildlife Management Areas
  • 909,030 Conservation Easements
  • 9,459 Other DEC Lands
  • 59,730 New York City Department of Environmental Protection Access Lands
  • 4,944,361 Total acres of DEC Administered Lands

2017 Population

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

Wildfire Management Program

  • 28 Fires Suppressed in the Spring
  • 2 Fires Suppressed in the Summer
  • 25 Fires Suppressed in the Fall/Winter
  • 191 Acres Burned
  • 29 Prescribed Fires
  • 564 Acres of Prescribed Fire
  • 2,642 Burning Permits Issued
  • 126 Burning Permits Inspected
  • 31 Wildfire Control or ICS Training Events with 700 Participants
  • 62 Fire Prevention Events with 23,810 Participants
  • 58 Fire Prevention Law Violations/Tickets
  • 319 $1,500 Grants to Rural VFDs

Search & Rescue Program

  • 176 Search Missions
  • 147 Rescue Missions
  • 22 Recoveries
  • 1 Fugitive Search
  • 72 Search and Rescue or First Aid Training Events with 1,301 Participants

Protection of State Lands & Resources

  • 88,963 Inspections of Trailheads/Access Points
  • 25,902 Miles of Trails Walked, Snowshoe, Ski
  • 2,266 Hours of Boat Patrol
  • 1,650 Navigation Law Safety Checks
  • 14,565 Miles of Snowmobile Patrol
  • 12,341 Snowmobile Law Safety Checks
  • 11,635 Inspections of Occupied Campsites
  • 2,446 State Land Camping Permits Issued
  • 3,264 Miles of State Boundary Line Inspected
  • 2,975 State Land Use Permits Inspected
  • 1,620 Patrols of DEC Public Campgrounds
  • 2,507 Conservation Easement Inspections
  • 353 ATV Violation Tickets Issued
  • 973 State Land Offense Tickets/Arrests
  • 220 Offenses Related to Snowmobile Use
  • 115 Fish and Wildlife Offense Tickets
  • 390 Other EnCon or Other Law Offenses
  • 34 Outdoor Use Presentations to 2,800 Participants

Licensed Guide Program

  • 2,309 Licensed Guides on 12/31/17
  • 221 New Guide Licenses Issued
  • 315 Guide Licenses Renewed or Updated
  • 4 Guide Licenses Revoked
  • 301 Checks of Licensed Guide Credentials
  • 1 License Guide Violations Ticketed

Other

  • 1,879 Calls-for-Service/Complaints
  • 676 Incidents of Assisting Other Agencies
  • 78 Other Presentations, Fairs and Career Talks to 171,714 Attendees

How Rangers Spent Their Time in 2017

  • 46% State Land Patrol and Enforcement
  • 13% Fire Management Activities
  • 14% Search and Rescue Missions and Training
  • 7% Basic Academy and Police Training
  • 18% Administrative Responsibilities
  • 2% Support to Other Programs and Agencies

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