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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was created by legislation on April 22, 1970 and opened it doors on July 1, 1970.

bald eagle

In 1976, after being nearly eliminated in NY by the late 1960s, DEC started bald eagle restoration efforts.

Humpback Whales

In 1970, DEC created the first New York endangered species list, to protect the biodiversity and wildlife throughout the state.