By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is training a new class of forest rangers and environmental conservation officers.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it has opened its 27-week training academy for the new recruits. The class includes 37 recruits training to become conservation officers and 17 forest ranger candidates. They will get training in firearms, water rescues and forest fire fighting, among other things.

Conservation officers have duties that include investigating deer poaching and checking fishing licenses. Forest Rangers patrol state lands, conduct search and rescue missions and perform other duties.

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