Forest ranger captain to give lecture at LPCA

LAKE PLACID — Kevin Burns, captain of the state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers for this region, will speak at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Feb. 15.

The lecture, titled “NYS Ranger History in the Forest Preserve and Search and Rescue Stories Along the Way,” will be the second program in the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society’s 2024 Winter Lecture Series.

The program will include a slide presentation by Burns. It starts at 7 p.m.

The program will be recorded and can also be viewed on YouTube after Feb. 15 at https://www.youtube.com/@DigitalMedia-LPNEHS on the society’s new YouTube channel.

Burns began his career in 1988 as an assistant seasonal ranger and in 1990 moved into being the backcountry winter caretaker at Lake Colden in the Adirondack High Peaks. In 1999 Burns attended the New York State Forest Ranger Academy and upon graduation he spent a year as a ranger in Long Island and a year in the Albany area. In 2002, Burns came “home” to the High Peaks and has been working as a forest ranger here ever since.

Other upcoming programs in this year’s Winter Lecture Series include “Get Down and Dirty: Farming in the Adirondacks,” a panel discussion presented by local farmers on March 21; and “Lake Placid Steamboats, Fancy Hotels, and the Gilded Age,” an all-new historical photo tour presented by RJ Potter, retired radio and television broadcaster and former educator on April 18.

All 2024 Winter Lecture Series programs are free and open to the public and will be held at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts auditorium. A raffle for a basket of goodies will be held at each event in support of the Historical Society’s Winter Lecture Series.

For more information about the lecture series, contact the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society at 518-523-3830, info@lakeplacidhistory.com or visit the website at www.lakeplacidhistory.com.

Starting at $1.44/week.

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