APA presents forest rangers with local government award
LAKE PLACID — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were given an award last week during the Adirondack Park Agency’s Local Government Day in Lake Placid.
The Local Government Day award is presented annually to people or organizations that make a difference in the Adirondack Park, and rangers as a whole were presented the award on April 4.
“These brave men and women safeguard the state’s wildlands and waters, as well as the millions of people who use them annually,” the award said. “Since the establishment of the Forest Preserve in 1885, forest rangers have served as wildland firefighters, wilderness first responders, and protectors of state lands.
“On a local level, forest rangers are an integral component of emergency services and public outreach. They provide invaluable training to local volunteers for wilderness first aid, search and rescue, and wildland fire management. Our forest rangers are highly respected community members who teach citizens to avoid life-threatening situations, while promoting natural resource protection.”
The award is given out by the APA, the Local Government Review Board and the Adirondack Association of towns and villages.