Sign a Petition to Urge Governor Cuomo to Hire More Forest Rangers
To protect the public and the resource
New York State Forest Rangers have provided care of the Forest Preserve since 1888, protecting the valuable natural resources and the people who recreate there. They are incredible stewards of the land who are police officers, wildland firefighters and first responders. The addition of over 1 million acres of state land over the last several decades, without corresponding staff increases, has resulted in the area patrolled by an individual ranger to increase from 28,516 acres in 1970 to 53,753 acres today.
The dramatic increase in recreational use on state lands has led to corresponding increases in the number of search and rescue operations. In both 2015 and 2016, forest rangers participated in over 300 incidents annually. The forest rangers are essential to providing safe and positive recreational experiences for visitors and residents utilizing state land. Moreover, they are essential to protecting the natural resources that provide incredible public benefit through clean air, clean water, and diverse ecosystems.
Please join us in telling the Governor:
- Adirondack communities rely heavily on tourism associated with state land recreation which has been well-promoted by New York State.
- The current level of forest ranger staffing, 135 statewide including supervisors, is not adequate to fulfill their unique mission given the amount of land they patrol and thenumber of incidents they respond to.
- I support the proposal to increase forest ranger staffing to 175 rangers statewide.
Sign The Petition
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