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Contact Us

Looking for information? Use the tables and links below to get help.

For general information, or if you aren't sure which program or office you need to contact, you can email us at contact@dec.ny.gov or get in touch with us by mail at:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-0001

If you are having trouble finding a person to help you, you can contact DEC's Bureau of Public Outreach at public@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8044.

In Case of Emergency

If you are lost in the woods or see a forest fire, contact the Forest Rangers:

  • In the Adirondacks, call 518-891-0235
  • Outside of the Adirondacks, call 518-408-5850

DEC Program and Regional Contact Directories

Note that individual employee phone numbers and email addresses are not published on this website.

  • DEC Central Office Program Directory - For contacts and descriptions of DEC programs in Albany.
  • DEC Regional Office Directory - DEC's local offices throughout the state can answer questions about local businesses, recreation areas, and rules affecting your property, and can investigate reports of local environmental damage.

Outdoors & Recreation

Name Phone Number Email
Sporting License Office - M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(for questions on hunting and fishing licenses)
518-402-8845 n/a
Sportsman Education (for class and certificate information;
24-hour voice mail)
1-888-HuntEd2 (1-888-486-8332)
Camping Reservations
(or visit Reserve America (leaves DEC website))
1-800-456-CAMP (1-800-456-2267)
Teletype (TTY): 1-800-304-1265
Conservationist Magazine
(Subscriptions, M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
1-800-678-6399 magazine@dec.ny.gov
Bureau of Wildlife (for wildlife questions; or check the
regional office directory for your local wildlife office)
518-402-8920 wildlife@dec.ny.gov

Public Information

Name Phone Number Email
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
(request copies of many of the Department's files & records)
518-402-9522 access.records@dec.ny.gov
Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) 518-402-9165 enb@dec.ny.gov
Publications Locator (for the Department's publications) n/a n/a


Name Phone Number Email
ECO Hotline (24-hour, toll-free hotline for reporting
environmental violations)
(for non-urgent violations)
Spill Hotline (24-hour, toll-free hotline for reporting
oil or chemical spills)
1-800-457-7362 (within NY State)
(518) 457-7362 (outside NY State)
Inspector General Hotline (leaves DEC website)
(24-hour, toll-free hotline for filing complaints)
1-800-DO RIGHT
National Response Center (leaves DEC website)
(for federal reporting of chemical or oil spills)
1-800-424-8802 n/a

Permits & Regulations

Name Phone Number Email
NYS Water Well Driller program 1-877-472-2619 dow.nyswaterwells@dec.ny.gov
DEC Regulations (contacts listed by division) n/a n/a
Permits (listing of DEC program contacts) n/a n/a

Environmental Quality

Name Phone Number Email
Ozone Information Hotline (for ozone pollution warnings;
24-hour service from mid-May to mid-September)
1-800-535-1345 dar.sips@dec.ny.gov
Radon Testing (through NYS Department of Health;
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
ext. 27556
Mineral Resources statewide contacts n/a n/a

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