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New York State Division of Forest Protection and Fire Management Forest Ranger Louis C. Curth Subject and Correspondence Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series documents forest ranger duties, training, and routine activities; policies, procedures, and history; interactions with members of the public and other State agencies; administrative directives and decisions; and public relations.
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Quantity:
14 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1962-2002
Bulk Dates:
1972-2002
Series Number:
B2722

Arrangement

Roughly by topic and then chronological or alphabetical.

Scope and Content Note

This series documents forest ranger duties, training, and routine activities; policies, procedures, and history; interactions with members of the public and other State agencies; administrative directives and decisions; and public relations. Topics include search and rescue training; procedures; firefighting; law enforcement; administrative duties; ranger and volunteer training and requirements; stewardship of state lands; and park use, safety, and policy.

Record types include minutes; memorandums; correspondence; manuals; publications; search and rescue reports; forest fire reports; photographs; assignments; equipment and supply inventories; case reports; personal observations; complaints; and suggestions; news clippings; maps; publications and press releases; and voluminous notes on various topics.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Some files may contain restricted personal information. State Archives staff will review records and disclose information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law and Personal Privacy Protection Law.

Custodial History

In July of 2014, retired Forest Ranger Louis Curth donated a substantial amount of materials to the Adirondack Research Library (part of Union College). This was an accretion to a collection he had previously donated relating to research on his 1989 book, The Forest Rangers: A History of the New York State Forest Ranger Force. A substantial amount of the materials considered to be official New York State Department of Environmental Conservation records, rather than Mr. Curth's personal papers or research, were transferred to the New York State Archives.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B2722-19
Manual, Roster 1 1
1994 Zone B Lobbying Efforts 1 2
Region 5 Training Advisory Committee 1 3
1992 Special Projects 1 4
1992 Split Rock Ranger HQ 1 5
1993 Wm. Fox award 1 6
1994 Special Project/lesson plan ‘Protecting lives and Resources” 1 7
1995 July 15 Response to windstorm/blowdown 1 8
1991-1998 Safety Issues 1 9
1980 Olympics security manual 1 10
1986 EnCon Helicopter NYS Police 1 11
1995 Photos: Discovery Mtn fire July 1 12
Interstate Compact 2 1
1949 Forest Fire, Mutual Aid 2 2
1996 “Best Bang for Their Buck” Investigation of Fire Arm Purchases and Management in Department of Environmental Conservation. Division of law Enforcement. 2 3
1959 Ranger Manual 2 4
Training: Search and Rescue 2 5
Stream Corridor Management 2 6
1949 Forest Fire Prevention, Risk Assessment, Suppression, Management 3 1
Forest Preserve clippings 3 2
“Adirondack Park in the 21st Century” 3 3
Adirondack Park State Master Plan 3 4
Adirondack Park Land Use Maps 3 5
Adirondack Park Planning 3 6
Forest Preserve 4 1
Recreation, Events, Use, Plans, Access 4 2
1915 Manuals (various topics) 4 3
Writing Projects 5 1
Administration 5 2
Minutes 5 3
Reports 5 4
Open Burning 5 5
Super Districts 5 6
“Romestock” 5 7
Geographic Areas of Administrative Responsibility (GAAR) 5 8
Traffic Enforcement 5 9
Col. William F. Fox 5 10
Photos 6 1
Adirondack Council 6 2
Correspondence [Public Relations] 6 3
Education 6 4
Outreach 6 5
Training 6 6
Diversity in Conservation 6 7
Diversity Outreach 6 8
Forest Fire Control 7 1
1957 Investigation Techniques 7 2
Law Enforcement Training 7 3
Licensed Guides 7 4
Law Enforcement Policy 7 5
Law Enforcement Trespass 7 6
Law Enforcement Cases 7 7
Law Enforcement Sign 7 8
Stream Protection 7 9
Wildlife 7 10
Ranger Operations: 8 1
1962 Lost Persons 8 2
1977 Memoranda and Reports 8 3
1960s Search and Rescue Reports 8 4
1970 Search and Rescue Reports 8 5
1971 Search and Rescue Reports 8 6
1972 (1) Search and Rescue Reports 8 7
1972 Fire Control 8 8
1972 (2) Search and Rescue Reports 8 9
1973 Search and Rescue Reports 8 10
1974 Search and Rescue Reports 8 11
1975 Search and Rescue Reports 8 12
1976 (1) Search and Rescue Reports 8 13
1976 (2) Search and Rescue Reports 8 14
1976 (3) Search and Rescue Reports 8 15
1977 (1) Search and Rescue Reports 8 16
1977 (2) Search and Rescue Reports 8 17
1977 (3) Search and Rescue Reports 8 18

Accretion: b27
Administration Problems: Policy 9 6

Accretion: B2722-19
Administration Problems: Index 9 1
Administration Problems: Equipment Deficiencies 9 2
Administration Problems: Enforcement 9 3
Administration Problems: Fire: Discovery Mountain 9 4
Administration Problems: Liaison 9 5
Administration Problems: Fish Case 9 7
Administration Problems: Forest Management and Rangers 9 8
Administration Problems: Future of the Forest Preserve 9 9
Administration Problems: Misc. and Index 9 10
Administration Problems: Helicopter 9 11
Administration Problems: Management Out of Touch 9 12
Administration Problems: Management Out of Touch Communications 9 13
Administration Problems: Management Out of Touch Dead Ideas 9 14
Administration Problems: Management Out of Touch Out-of-Touch Leadership 9 15
Administration Problems: Management Out of Touch Teamwork 9 16
Administration Problems: Operations 9 17
Administration Problems: Supervision 10 1
Administration Problems: Strategic Plan 10 2
Administration Problems: Radio and Dispatch 10 3
Administration Problems: Ranger Response 10 4
Administration Problems: Ray Brook Office 10 5
Administration Problems: Search and Rescue: Civil Air Patrol 10 6
Administration Problems: Search and Rescue DSP 10 7
Administration Problems: Search and Rescue Policy 10 8
Administration Problems: Staffing and Vacancies 10 9
Administration Problems: Staffing and Vacancies: 10 10
Administration Problems: Status Report – No Action 10 11
1996 September Rescue #2 Split Rock Falls / Photos 10 12
Search and Rescue Handbook 10 13
1996 September 19 Laidlow Reception 10 14
1997 Whallonsburg Complaint 10 15
1999 Planning (Strategic SNY Reg. 6 Ranger Districts) 10 16
1996 November Essex County Floods Photos 10 17
Ranger History 11 1
2002 Ranger History, "Red August" Fires 11 2
Grievance 11 3
Annual Reports 11 4
Inventory 11 5
Forest Ranger Training Academies 11 6
Supervision 11 7
[Publications] 11 8
[Training Session Folders] 11 9
Meeting Minutes 11 10
1997 June Organization/Re-Organization 11 11
Administration - A 12 1
Administration - Awards 12 2
1966 Administration - Memos sent 1966 12 3
Administration - Problems – equipment needs 12 4
Administration - Work plan 12 5
Awards Recognition 12 6
Civil Service 12 7
1997 Memos sent 1997 12 8
Search and Rescue Administration 12 9
Search and Rescue - Critiques, Incidents, Information 12 10
Search and Rescue - [Laidlow search] 12 11
Search and Rescue - Public Relations Media 12 12
Search and Rescue - Back Country Rescue /Medical 12 13
Search and Rescue - Back Country Rescues/ Clergy 12 14
Search and Rescue - River Rescue 12 15
Search and Rescue - Case Reports 12 16
Search and Rescue - Manual 12 17
Search and Rescue - Miscellaneous Articles 12 18
Administrative Correspondence 13 1
Administrative Exchanges for clarification 13 2
Administrative General 13 3
Future/Status 13 4
Emergency Fire Fighter Training 13 5
Emergency Search and Rescue 13 6
[Personnel] 13 7
Suggestions 13 8
[Personnel] 13 9
Snowmobile 13 10
198 References Forest Ranger Layoff 13 11
1979 - Fire reports 13 12
1972-1979 Fire Reports 13 13
1964-1966 Fire Reports 13 14
1972-1998 Search and Rescue 14 1