O'Hara, a New York state-licensed guide, has been involved in search and rescue in the Adirondacks for many years. In 2003 he founded Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team following a three-day search for a deer hunter in the West Canada Wilderness Area.
This involved recruiting volunteers, fund-raising to provide necessary equipment and training in many skills necessary for this mission.
In the past 10 years CASART has been involved in nearly 40 missions. Forest rangers knew they could count on O'Hara for assistance and have utilized CASART in many areas of the Adirondacks.
Rangers have conducted joint training sessions with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for new CASART members, including basic wilderness search skills, orientation, radio operation, incident command system, wilderness survival and many hands-on scenario trainings.
Many rangers have commented on the dedication and the valuable assistance Greg O'Hara and CASART have provided.
OVER 20 YEARS
O'Hara has been a licensed hiking and camping guide for over 20 years and has developed courses to help other guides in their business. He has presented the "Hug a Tree" program to many grade school children and has presented many seminars on his "Hiking Safely" program to schools, camps and visitors to the Adirondacks.
For many years O'Hara has helped people safely enjoy the Adirondacks, and he and CASART have been there for those who have not been as fortunate.
HALL OF FAME
The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring sportsmen who have made significant achievements in outdoors-related fields. More importantly, they are recognized for their long-time service in preserving outdoor heritage and helping others experience it.
The NYSOHOF is also involved in programs such as kids' fishing clinics, youth hunts, seminars and similar activities.
The annual banquet and induction will involve sportsmen and organizations from all across the state. It will be held April 27 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota, with registration and social hour beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
Guests and interested parties are welcome. For information or reservations call (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588 by April 20.