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Forest Ranger Division Fact Sheet for 2018

Division Members at Full Staffing

  • 106 Forest Rangers
  • 29 Forest Ranger Lieutenants, Captains & Directors
  • 23 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
  • 803,231 State Forests, Reforestation and Multiple Use Areas
  • 199,133 Wildlife Management Areas
  • 909,040 Conservation Easements
  • 9,459 Other DEC Lands
  • 59,730 New York City Department of Environmental Protection Access Lands
  • 4,943,899 Total acres of DEC Administered Lands

2018 Population

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

Wildfire Management Program

  • 49 Fires Suppressed in the Spring
  • 54 Fires Suppressed in the Summer
  • 2 Fires Suppressed in the Fall/Winter
  • 845 Acres Burned
  • 24 Prescribed Fires
  • 611 Acres of Prescribed Fire
  • 3,025 Burning Permits Issued
  • 296 Burning Permits Inspected
  • 42 Wildfire Control or ICS Training Events with 1,051Participants
  • 45 Fire Prevention Events with 18,054 Participants
  • 68 Fire Prevention Law Violations/Tickets
  • 357 $1,500 Grants to Rural VFDs

Search & Rescue Program

  • 171 Search Missions
  • 160 Rescue Missions
  • 15 Recoveries
  • 0 Fugitive Search
  • 71 Search and Rescue or First Aid Training Events with 1,782 Participants

Protection of State Lands & Resources

  • 96,549 Inspections of Trailheads/Access Points
  • 27,482 Miles of Trails Walked, Snowshoe, Ski
  • 2,065 Hours of Boat Patrol
  • 3,126 Navigation Law Safety Checks
  • 19,604 Miles of Snowmobile Patrol
  • 18,840 Snowmobile Law Safety Checks
  • 10,457 Inspections of Occupied Campsites
  • 2,374 State Land Camping Permits Issued
  • 2,462 Miles of State Boundary Line Inspected
  • 2,799 State Land Use Permits Inspected
  • 1,662 Patrols of DEC Public Campgrounds
  • 2,807 Conservation Easement Inspections
  • 312 ATV Violation Tickets Issued
  • 1,134 State Land Offense Tickets/Arrests
  • 204 Offenses Related to Snowmobile Use
  • 114 Fish and Wildlife Offense Tickets
  • 522 Other EnCon or Other Law Offenses
  • 46 Outdoor Use Presentations to 137,582 Participants

Licensed Guide Program

  • 2,342 Licensed Guides on 12/31/18
  • 247 New Guide Licenses Issued
  • 406 Guide Licenses Renewed or Updated
  • 0 Guide Licenses Revoked
  • 318 Checks of Licensed Guide Credentials
  • 1 License Guide Violations Ticketed

Other

  • 1,924 Calls-for-Service/Complaints
  • 823 Incidents of Assisting Other Agencies
  • 80 Other Presentations, Fairs and Career Talks to 6.985 Attendees

How Rangers Spent Their Time in 2018

  • 46% State Land Patrol and Enforcement
  • 12% Fire Management Activities
  • 16% Search and Rescue Missions and Training
  • 5% Law Enforcement Activities
  • 19% Administrative Responsibilities
  • 2% Support to Other Programs and Agencies

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