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Forest Ranger Division Fact Sheet for 2014

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
  • 4,203 Other DEC Lands
  • 110,531 New York City Department of Environmental Protection Access Lands
  • 4,892,632 Total acres of DEC Administered Lands

2014 Population

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

Wildfire Management Program

  • 91 Fires Suppressed in the Spring
  • 10 Fires Suppressed in the Summer
  • 30 Fires Suppressed in the Fall/Winter
  • 836 Acres Burned
  • 13 Prescribed Fires
  • 349 Acres of Prescribed Fire
  • 3,542 Burning Permits Issued
  • 86 Burning Permits Inspected
  • 45 Wildfire Control or ICS Training Events with 1,058 Participants
  • 65 Fire Prevention Events with 17,971 Participants
  • 58 Fire Prevention Law Violations/Tickets
  • 443 $1,000 Grants to Rural VFDs

Search & Rescue Program

  • 164 Search Missions
  • 100 Rescue Missions
  • 9 Recoveries
  • 0 Fugitive Searches
  • 89 Search and Rescue or First Aid Training Events with 1,890 Participants

Protection of State Lands & Resources

  • 72,362 Inspections of Trailheads/Access Points
  • 23,667 Miles of Trails Walked, Snowshoe, Ski
  • 2,136 Hours of Boat Patrol
  • 2,203 Navigation Law Safety Checks
  • 17,553 Miles of Snowmobile Patrol
  • 16, 852 Snowmobile Law Safety Checks
  • 10,641 Inspections of Occupied Campsites
  • 2,176 State Land Camping Permits Issued
  • 2,377 Miles of State Boundary Line Inspected
  • 1,277 State Land Use Permits Inspected
  • 1,543 Patrols of DEC Public Campgrounds
  • 1,076 Conservation Easement Inspections
  • 457 ATV Violation Tickets Issued
  • 1,145 State Land Offense Tickets/Arrests
  • 328 Offenses Related to Snowmobiles
  • 120 Fish and Wildlife Offenses Tickets
  • 301 Other EnCon or Other Law Offenses
  • 36 Outdoor Use Presentations to 5,799 Participants

Licensed Guide Program

  • 2,197 Licensed Guides on 12/31/14
  • 215 New Guide Licenses Issued
  • 293 Guide Licenses Renewed or Updated
  • 2 Guide Licenses Revoked
  • 678 Checks of Licensed Guide Credentials
  • 2 License Guide Violations Ticketed

Other

  • 1,503 Calls-for-Service/Complaints
  • 584 Incidents of Assisting Other Agencies
  • 110 Other Presentations, Fairs and Career Talks to 6,878 Attendees

How Rangers Spent Their Time in 2014

  • 53% State Land Patrol and Enforcement
  • 10% Fire Management Activities
  • 12% Search and Rescue Missions and Training
  • 0% Basic Academy and Police Training
  • 22% Administrative Responsibilities
  • 3% Support to Other Programs and Agencies

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