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Early Spring Results in Many Hiking Rescues

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

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We had a mild-Winter and Spring appeared almost instantly this year. This resulted in a plethora of hiking related Search and Rescues by DEC.

  • Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.
  • Drink plenty of water, eat food to keep up you energy and rest often.
  • Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them. Carry a flashlight or headlamp at all times.
  • When hiking in groups, even pairs, stay together – know the location of all group members at all times. Don’t hike alone.
  • Monitor your health and carry any required medication with you when hiking.
  • Be prepared to spend an unexpected night in the woods and pack plenty of food and water, extra clothing, flashlight/headlamp, ensolite pads, stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blanket.
  • Always inform someone of your itinerary.
  • Know your route, the terrain and your physical capabilities.

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DEC Region 5 Forest Ranger’s Spring Search and Rescue Report

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Essex County

Town of North Elba, High Peaks Wilderness
On Saturday, March 10, at about 3:30 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a report from a DEC Forest Ranger regarding an injured woman at the Calamity Brook Lean-to. Shauna DeSantis, 57, of Glens Falls, NY, injured her knee and ankle and was unable to walk on her own. A New York State Police Aviation Unit helicopter was requested and dispatched to the area. The Lake Colden caretaker and another Forest Ranger also responded. Ms. DeSantis was hoisted out and airlifted to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid at 5:10 p.m. Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

Town of Keene, High Peaks Wilderness
On Friday, April 20, at about 5:04 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a request for assistance from a hiking group on the Brothers. A member of their group, Christopher PowersO’dor, of Binghamton, NY, was in distress and was unable to walk on his own. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded and reached the group about 2.5 miles from the Garden Trailhead at about 5:21 p.m. The Forest Rangers provided food and water and assisted walking Mr. PowersO’Dor to the trailhead. He was transferred to Keene Valley Rescue ambulance for transport to the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid at 9:22 p.m. Know your abilities. Drink plenty of water, eat food to keep up you energy and rest often.

Town of Newcomb, Dix Mountain Wilderness
On Thursday, May 3, at about 11:10 p.m., DEC Central Dispatch in Albany received a phone call from Essex County 911 reporting five hikers overdue from a day hike. David Guirola, Jessica Lasprilla, Yandy Rodriguez, Edward Garcia and Kevin Gonzales (no ages available) all of Miami, FL had left from an inn at Schroon Lake at 10 a.m. and traveled to the Upper Works Trailhead for a hike into the High Peaks. When they had not returned by 11 p.m. staff at the inn
called 911.

While two DEC Forest Rangers prepared to respond to the search, a State Police Trooper reported locating the group’s vehicle in the Upper Works Trailhead parking lot. The two Forest Rangers searched the trails through the rainy night to no avail. The next morning six additional forest rangers joined the search, with two entering the High Peaks Wilderness from the north. At 10:05 a.m. the group was located near Calamity Brook. They were wet and cold but otherwise healthy. After rehydrating and warming them, Forest Rangers escorted the group back to their vehicle. Know your abilities and the area you plan to hike. Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them. Carry a flashlight or headlamp at all times.

Town of Elizabethtown, Giant Mountain Wilderness
On Thursday, May 17, at about 10:30 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Essex County 911 reporting an injured camper who had fallen about 30 feet at the Split Rock Falls in Elizabethtown. William Tayler, 19, of Gansevoort, NY, was suffering from a possible head injury and broken bones. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and along with volunteers from Keene Valley Fire Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department and Backcountry Search & Rescue. Mr. Tayler was packaged and carried out to an awaiting Elizabethtown Emergency Medical Squad ambulance. He was transported to Elizabethtown Hospital and then on to Albany Medical Center by a New York State Police Aviation Unit helicopter. Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

Town of Keene, High Peaks Wilderness
On Tuesday, May 22, at about 9:30 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from the hiking partner of man reported lost on the west side of the Ausable Lakes valley. After climbing over Lower Wolfjaw Mountain, the pair had descended to the Wedge Brook Trail to a campsite. The partner left to scout the area and upon return found Jason Wainwright, 20, of Cheektowaga, NY gone. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and proceeded to the Wedge Brook Trail. Mr. Wainwright was located after one hour of searching the intersection of the Wedge Brook and West River trails. When hiking in groups, even pairs, stay together – know the location of all group members at all times.

Town of North Elba, Eastern High Peaks Wilderness
On Saturday, May 26, at about 4:20 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a report from Essex County 911 of an injured hiker. Valerie Scanlon, 62, of Troy, NY, was descending the VanHovenburg Trail about one mile above Indian Falls when she fell and struck a rock causing multiple minor injuries. Two DEC Forest Rangers and an Assistant Forest Ranger responded. They assisted Ms. Scanlon down to Marcy Dam, where she was evacuated by UTV and given treatment for her injuries. She drove herself to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid for further evaluation and treatment. Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

Town of North Hudson, High Peaks Wilderness
On Sunday, May 27, at about 12:55 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a report from a DEC Assistant Forest Ranger of an injured hiker. Kevin Seaman, 44, of Walworth, NY, was hiking on Big Slide Trail and while descending the slid 100 feet down the trail before landing on his feet, being thrown forward and hitting his head. He continued on until he encountered an Assistant Forest Ranger on patrol. Mr. Seaman complained of severe back pain and explained what had happened. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded in a State Police Aviation Unit helicopter. Mr. Seaman was stabilized on a backboard, given first aid and hoisted to the helicopter. He was flown directly to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT. Don’t hike alone Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

Town of Keene, High Peaks Wilderness
On Monday, May 28, at about 8:18 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from a hiker who was in distress. Jim Kirkby, 55, of Ray Brook, NY, was descending Lower Wolf Jaw with his daughter towards the Rooster Comb Trailhead. He was experiencing problems due to a medical condition. Neither he nor his daughter had headlamps with them and he was concerned that they would get caught in the dark. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and located Mr. Kirkby and his daughter about 1 mile from the trailhead. After providing Mr. Kirkby with food and water, the Forest Rangers escorted the pair back to their vehicle. Mr. Kirkby refused any further medical attention. Monitor your health and carry any required medication with you when hiking. Carry a flashlight or headlamp at all times.

Town of Willsboro, Private Land
On Thursday, May 31, at about 9:18 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting two lost hikers on Rattlesnake Mountain. Chuck Ko and Colin Yost, both 19 years old and from Plattsburgh, NY, had reached the mountain summit at 8:00 p.m. but lost the trail when they were descending at about 9:00 p.m. Neither Ko or Yost had warm clothing or headlamps. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded and located the two men at 11:18 p.m. in good condition. They were escorted out of the woods and back to their vehicle. Be prepared to spend an unexpected night in the woods and pack plenty of food and water, extra clothing, flashlight/headlamp, ensolite pads, stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blanket.

Town of Keene, High Peaks Wilderness
On Sunday, June 3, at about 2:33 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call requesting assistance with a hiker in distress. Ruby Salley, 58, of Keeseville, NY, had just descended Saddleback with four other women, when she began having problems walking. The other members of her group provided fluids and food and began escorting Mr. Salley down the Phelps Trail. Four DEC Forest Rangers responded and assisted Mrs. Salley down the trail to the Garden Trailhead and her vehicle. Drink plenty of water, eat food to keep up you energy and rest often.

Town of Newcomb, High Peaks Wilderness
On Sunday, June 3, 2012 at about 8:20 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an overdue solo hiker in the High Peaks. Dr. Jack Lawler, 61, of Amherst, NY, was due to return home on Sunday evening from a weekend trip in the Santanoni Mountains. One DEC Forest Ranger responded and located Dr. Lawler’s vehicle at the Bradley Pond trailhead. Shortly after, Dr.Lawler was located returning to his vehicle. He was overdue but in good condition. Always inform someone of your itinerary.

Franklin County

Town of Harrietstown, High Peaks Wilderness
On Sunday, June 3, at about 6:57 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a report from the DEC Raquette Falls Caretaker requesting assistance with evacuating a sick hiker. Marissa Pavlus, 22, of Old Forge, NY, was in severe pain. A DEC Forest Ranger responded to Axton Landing on the Raquette River while the caretaker transported Ms. Pavlus by boat to that location. The Forest Ranger transported her to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for treatment. Contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

Hamilton County

Town of Arietta, Ferris Lake Wild Forest
On Sunday, April 8, at about 6:50 a.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Hamilton County Sheriffs reporting an overdue group of hikers. Brett Scrader, 20, Zack Gill, 19, and Ethan Tinker, 21, all from Johnstown, NY, left for a hike on the Good Luck Lake Trail System the previous afternoon at about 3:00 p.m. They were expected to return back at about 7:00 p.m. Six DEC Forest Rangers responded and found that the young men’s vehicle still parked at the trailhead. Scrader, Gill and Tinker were located in good condition at 12:12 p.m. and escorted back to their vehicle. Know your route, the terrain and your physical capabilities.

Town of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Wild Forest
On Monday, May 28, at about 7:33 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Hamilton County 911 advising of two lost 10-year-old boys from Utica, NY. The boys were part of a youth hike on Blue Mountain and had run ahead and became separated from the group. They were separated for about 1½ hrs before the leader sought help. Five DEC Forest Rangers responded to the site only to learn the boys had been reunited with their group while the Forest Rangers were in route. Stay together when hiking in groups and know the location of all group members at all times.

Town of Arietta, Silver Lake Wilderness
On Thursday, May 31, at about 2:12 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Hamilton County 911 reporting an injured hiker on Good Luck Mountain. Wayne Gensler, 65, of New Hartford, NY, was descending alone from the summit of the mountain when his foot got caught on a root and he fell, injuring his ankle. Four DEC Forest Rangers responded along with Caroga Lake and Fulton County Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Gensler’s ankle was splinted and he was carried out two miles, which required some low-angle rope relays across some portions of the trail. Caroga Lake Fire Department met the group on the shores of Good Luck Lake with their boat and transported Mr. Gensler to a parking area along State Route 10. There he was transferred to an ambulance and taken for further medical evaluation and treatment. Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

Warren County

Town of Bolton, Lake George Wild Forest
On Sunday, March 18, at about 5:24 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Matthew Cleary, 20, who was hiking the Tongue Mountain Range with his father, Kevin Clearly, 58, and 16 year old brother, all from Delmar, NY. Mr. Cleary realized they had missed a trail junction but without a map or compass was unable to determine their location. Warren County 911 provided cell phone coordinates which showed the group just south of French Point Mountain. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and were able to direct the three hikers via cell phone to continue to travel north on the trail. The Forest Rangers began hiking in from the Clay Mountain trailhead and reached the reached the group at 9:49 p.m. All were out of the woods at 11:56 p.m. Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Carry a flashlight or headlamp at all times.

Town of Johnsburg, Siamese Pond Wilderness Area
On Sunday, April 29, at about 7:20 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting two overdue paddlers on the Sacandaga River. The caller had been waiting for more than four hours to pick up his friends Kurtis Coutere, 21, and Carl Shionst, 48, both from Massachusetts, who had been canoeing down the Sacandaga River. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and as they arrived on scene to begin the search, the two men came out of the woods on their own. Always inform someone of your itinerary.

Town of Hague, Rogers Rock Campground
On Wednesday, May 23, at about 8:30 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from the DEC Assistant Caretaker at Rogers Rock Campground regarding two lost hikers. He was in cell phone contact with Samuel Nerenburg, 21, of Averill Park, NY, and Kerri Coburn, 20, of Cohoes, NY, who had been hiking the Orange Trail from the campground. They were on a trail, but had no map so they didn’t know where they were. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded to Rogers Rock. The two men built a fire which was easily seen by the Forest Rangers. The two men were located and escorted back to the campground. Know your route, the terrain and your physical capabilities. Always carry a light, a map and a compass.

Washington County

Town of Fort Ann, Lake George Wild Forest
On Sunday, March 11, at about 3:30 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from a DEC Forest Ranger advising he was in route to a rescue on Buck Mountain. Two more DEC Forest Rangers responded to assist in helping Kristen Wetsel, 29, of Saratoga Springs, NY who had an ankle injury. Ms. Wetsel was carried a short distance and then transported by ATV to the trailhead. There she was placed in an ambulance and transported to Glens Falls Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

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DEC Make Arrest After Disturbance at Campground

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoOn the weekend of June 9, DEC Environmental Conservation Police made one arrest and issued numerous tickets related to an incident at the DEC Hearthstone Campground in the Town of Lake George, Warren County.

Anthony McPhillips, 21, of East Greenbush, NY, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to register as a camper, failure to comply and failure to observe quiet hours, all violations. McPhillips faces total maximum possible penalties of $1000 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.

In the same incident, 26 youths from Rensselaer County, ranging in age from 16 to 20 were issued appearance tickets for underage possession of alcohol. The violation has a maximum possible penalty of $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.

Four of the youths received additional charges of violations:

  • One was charged with failure to register and failure to comply, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail;
  • Another was charged with littering on state land, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail; and
  • Two others were charged with possession of marijuana, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $500 and 30 days in jail for each of the defendants.

All of the tickets were returnable to the Town of Lake George Court.

DEC warns high school graduates and others that the possession of alcohol by underage persons is prohibited at DEC campgrounds and on all State lands.

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DEC Seeks Information From Owner of Dog That Bit Fire Tower Steward

June 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Incident Occurred on Hadley Mountain on Friday, June 8

NYSDEC LogoThe NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking information about the status of the rabies vaccination from the owner of a dog that bit a Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Steward on Friday, June 8.

DEC hopes to confirm the dog is up to date on rabies vaccination to prevent the young man who was bitten from being required to get the full cycle of rabies treatment.

The incident, in which the steward was bit on the ring finger, occurred late in the morning. The dog was a black Labrador retriever mix who was accompanying a group of two males and a female estimated to be in their late 20s and early 30s. Some or all of the members of the group possibly lived in the Town of Luzerne.

Immediately after being bitten the steward left the scene of the incident to administer first aid. When he returned the group had left. The next day he went to the hospital and was required to receive five shots to begin the rabies treatment cycle.

DEC asks that the owner of the dog please contact the DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook at 518-897-1300 and confirm whether the dog it is up to date on its rabies vaccination. This may prevent the young man from having to continue rabies treatment.

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Check out Wild Center Discovery Passes Now Available at Clinton, Essex, and Franklin County Libraries

June 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Wild Center LogoTupper Lake, NY – Next time you’re at your local library checking out that new bestseller and picking up some books for the kids, why not check out Wild Center Discovery Passes at the same time? The Wild Center, working with the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System (CEFLS), aims to be a vital part of the community and be accessible to those in the local community who may not be able to come to the museum.

The 11 libraries in the CEFLS will each receive two Discovery Passes to lend to those with library cards, just as one would borrow a book. Borrow the Discovery Pass, bring it to The Wild Center admissions desk and enjoy all that The Wild Center has to offer from Animal Encounters to The Pines playground, Naturalists Cabinet and of course, the otters. The Discovery Pass includes free admission for one family (2 adults and their dependent children), including special Fests. It does not include special Back of House tours or Canoe trips where additional fees are charged. It may be borrowed for up to four days and there are no reserves, holds or renewals.

“The Discovery Pass is a boon to local families who are looking to explore The Wild Center this summer,” said Ewa Jankowska, Director of the CEFLS in Plattsburgh. “CEFLS is excited to collaborate in this project that will let families get familiar with a terrific local resource. As information centers for small communities, local libraries are standing by to connect patrons with a great experience that is right in their own back yards.”

Public libraries throughout the CEFLS three county service area are gearing up for summer reading fun. “Many of our member public libraries have extensive collections of local history and nature books for all ages and what they don’t have, we can get for them,” Jankowska adds. “As part of our ‘Dream Big Read!’ summer reading activities, we’ll be working with local libraries to follow up the Discovery Pass experience by providing and promoting related books, e-books, and special programs.”

Susanna Carey, Director of the Au Sable Forks Free Library is thrilled for this opportunity to offer free family passes to The Wild Center. “Having had the good fortune to visit before I know that it is a delightful place that combines learning and adventure for all ages,” said Carey. “The pass will allow patrons from our library who have not yet had a chance to explore the Center to do so, and hopefully they will share their experience with other future visitors. Or perhaps it will provide people with a chance to return and take advantage of the special events on offer. I believe that this venture between The Wild Center and public/free libraries is an exciting one which hopefully will enlighten the summer of many!”

“The Wild Center and CEFLS each seek to be educational resources for the community, as well as necessary centers for lifelong learning,” said Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center. “We’re building on a natural partnership and connecting with members of our three local counties. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to experience The Wild Center can.”

The Wild Center hopes to add more libraries to the program in the future.

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Rhododendron

June 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

Rhododendron

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I Do Something in New York

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

The “I Do Something in New York” concept by BBDO:

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