Retiring ranger honored

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Members of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) Cold River Chapter gathered Jan. 18 to honor Greg George, the state Department of Conservation Forest Ranger that has served the central region 5 of the Adirondacks for over 20 years. He will be retiring this year and will be missed as a quiet force for education, rescue effort co-ordination, trail maintenance and community involvement from Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake to Indian Lake. The Cold River Chapter of ADK was originally so named because most of the members were summer residents of Long Lake and the Cold River is a wilderness river originating there. Now it is the main ADK Chapter covering Inlet, Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Newcomb, North Creek and Chestertown and has grown to over 200 members, many year-round residents. Members have appreciated George s efforts to support the chapter with trail maintenance projects along the Cedar River and in the Siamese Wilderness. He has also spoken at the annual picnic held at Slim Point in Long Lake. There is just something special about someone who keeps everyone inspired to resurrect overgrown trails in black fly season with sweat dripping off his face. George was also the main force responsible for returning the Snowy Mountain Firetower to a useable state. To the chapter members, he represents ADKs mission to enhance conservation, recreation and education in the Adirondacks.

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