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History of the Wanakena Ranger School
Wanakena Ranger School
257 Ranger School Road Wanakena, NY 13695
telephone: (315) 848-2566
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
In 1912, about 2,800 acres of land in the Adirondack Mountains were donated to The Ranger School as a site for the development of the College. Since then, the forest technology program has trained over 3,000 graduates, most of whom are now working in a variety of forest activities, and it has earned The Ranger School a national reputation for excellence. The program is administered by part of the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. Through this single professional faculty, it offers all levels of study from technical through postdoctoral emphasizes the teamwork approach to forest resource science and management.
April 27, 1917:
The New York State Ranger School of Forestry at Wanakena, NY had opened its fifth year in March with students from six different states of the Union and from Canada.
For more information please visit the current website for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Old Time Photographs
In the summer of 1912, the first students and faculty cleared the land, ran a telephone line, opened a passage to the main channel, and put up the first building, seen above. A shed with no plumbing, it served as office, kitchen, dining room, bunkhouse, and classroom. In 1913, the new building to the right, housed offices and classrooms on the first floor, with second and third-floor dorms. The shed was used as a woodshed and shop
The first Ranger School class graduated in 1913 under director Philip T. Coolidge. This was a postcard, postmarked March 1915, showing the new dining hall, west of the main building. This postcard reads, “This is a picture of the 2 buildings which Harold took and I printed. I send a card every day, but Mother says you get none and then 3 in one day, how does this happen?”
This is the original campus of the State Ranger School. Students would come to this region to attend this school for Environmental Science and Forestry.Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the New Deal by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
During the late 30’s, traveling salesmen would try to show their superior goods. Kelly axe salesman is shown above demonstrating the keen edge of his product on a Ranger School student.
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