Maine forest rangers are going to New York City to assist in disaster recovery following Hurricane Sandy. The Maine Forest Ranger Incident Management Team left Maine this morning. The team includes 7 rangers, 1 Washington County deputy sheriff, and 1 Washington County communications specialist. The initial deployment period is 14 days, plus 2 travel days. “We welcome the opportunity to help our neighbors in their time of need,” said Walter Whitcomb, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which oversees the Maine Forest Rangers. “We are willing to do whatever we can to help in this situation.”Team members include Rangers Jeff Currier (team leader), Joseph Mints, Robby Gross, Kent Nelson, Courtney Hammond, Jon Blackstone and George Harris, Michael St. Louis (Washington County Sheriff’s Department) and Joshua Rolfe (Washington County Regional Communications Center).