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This page should also cover the NYS Conservation Department, and whatever preceded that. There is so little information about Forest Rangers, and what they do, like maintaining trails.
My brother was on the Blue Fox Search and rescue team, and there's virtually nothing about that. I do know it [Blue Fox] was patterned after the California group "Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team". They were called in [to NY] on a search and the state was so impressed with them that they started their own team.
Also there's little or nothing about what went into the decision to have Rangers carry guns.DavidHenrickson (talk) 20:56, 4 March 2012 (UTC)
If there's reliable sources with this information, please put links or other info here. I'd love to have a more detailed history of the predecessor agencies. And more stuff about the Forest Rangers (actually, and I can speak from personal experience here, a lot of trail maintenance is done by private groups). I wrote the most perfunctory outline I could a few years ago because I was linking to this so much, and I'd love more info. Daniel Case (talk) 02:41, 5 March 2012 (UTC)