Not only do they put others before themselves, but they do the same for the environment as well. And they want YOU to join their team.

New York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECO) and Forest Rangers play crucial roles in protecting those in and out the state. Not only that, but they also work to protect the amazing and beautiful environment that makes New York so special.

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ECO Police Officers and Investigators play a crucial role in upholding New York's environmental laws and regulations. They work on the front lines every day, committed to safeguarding public health in every way they can.

This could be anything from ensuring hunters and anglers follow regulations out in the woods or on the water, to working alongside law enforcement agencies in investigating crimes. Some of these include cases like air emission violations and solid waste dumping.

All Officers and Investigators are trained by experts to perform their jobs with persistence, integrity, and good judgement. They are always on patrol and ready to serve their community.

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DEC Forest Rangers are extremely important in ensuring the safety of everyone in and around our New York State Parks. These men and women serve every day, responding to search and rescue incidents statewide. By working alongside other state and local emergency response groups, Forest Rangers are able to quickly locate and save lost, distressed, or injured people in New York State.

According to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, there has been an increase in people visiting state parks and lands in the last decade. They noticed a specific increase recently after and during the COVID-19 pandemic. With that being said, it's more important now than ever to have Forest Rangers ready and trained to better protect anyone who heads into the great outdoors.

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The exam for both DEC ECO and Forest Rangers is being held on September 17th. Though that may be a while away, the deadline for applications is on August 3rd.

Learn more and sign up for the entry level law enforcement exam to become an ECO today. There's also more information on both roles by visiting the DEC's website here.

"Take a Hike!" Nine Upstate New York Hikes That Everybody Can Enjoy!

Taking a hike doesn't mean you have to punish yourself with a difficult hand over hand climb to some remote mountaintop. At least it doesn't mean that for this writer! Here are 9 hikes you can take which, for the most part, are more like an enjoyable "walk in the woods." And remember, the view from the top when you finally get there is always worth the trip!

3 New York Cities Ranked Among 50 Worst To Live In US

Whether you agree or disagree, Roadsnacks has put together their list of the 50 Worst US Cities to live in based on crime rates, poor quality of life, weak job market, and their overall lack of culture. We 100% disagree with these rankings as all three of these cities are full of life and have so much to offer. Not to mention - how many times have we actually made these cities a destination for a getaway of some sort?

So feel free to pick apart this list and sneer as you read it! You will find each of the NY cities included on this list below, with their rank among the 50 worst in the United States.

9 of the Worst Spots to Make a Left-Hand Turn in Central New York

Good luck trying to make a left-hand turn at these spots.

New York's Most Expensive Home For Sale Is Crazy Amazing

Did you ever wonder what the most expensive house for sale in New York looks like? Wonder no more, here is what $175 million dollars will get you in New York State.

Have You Visited These Places? 11 Small Hudson River Communities That We Adore!

The Hudson River runs 315 miles from deep in the Adirondacks (Lake Tear of the Clouds) to New York City. There are dozens of small towns and big cities along the route. Here is a list of 11 smaller communities on the Hudson that we love. The list focused on the smaller villages and towns and not the big cities, like Albany, Kingston, Troy, or Poughkeepsie. These little places have great history, many interesting things to see and do, and some wonderful restaurants and pubs to enjoy. Enjoy our list of some of Upstate's greatest small town Hudson River destinations.