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DEC Region 3 Office

Serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties

About Region 3

Region 3 is characterized by an extraordinarily diverse and striking landscape. The Catskill mountains, Shawangunk Ridge, Hudson River and the valleys between are home to a diversity of plant and animal life that is a magnet for those who love the outdoors. Equally diverse are the region's communities, from densely-populated Westchester County to rural Sullivan County.

Did you know?

  • 2.3 million New Yorkers live in Region 3 (12% of New York's population)
  • The Catskill Park, established in 1885 and managed by DEC, is 1000 times the size of Central Park.
  • Region 3 has over 230,000 acres of state land and four National Natural Landmarks
  • Some of the top trout streams in the country, the Beaverkill and Willowemoc, are located in Region 3
  • The Catskill Fish Hatchery in Sullivan County stocks 350,000 yearling brown trout each year in waters across the state.
  • Eighteen of New York City's 20 drinking water reservoirs are in the region.

Main Headquarters: 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561
Tel: (845) 256-3000
Regional Director: Martin Brand (845) 256-3033

White Plains sub-office: 100 Hillside Ave. Suite 1W, White Plains NY 10603
Tel: (914) 428-2505
Fax: (914) 428-0323

Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:45 M-F, except for state and federal holidays

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Helpful web links and phone contacts

FOIL Requests

Report possible environmental violations

Oil and chemical spills

  • To report a spill, call the Spills Hotline 800-457-7362.
  • For information on a specific spill, use the searchable spills database or call (845) 256-3121 .
View across high peaks in the Catskills on a summer day.
The Catskill Park has 98 peaks over 3000
feet in elevation--all within a two-hour drive
from New York City. (Photo: Frank Knight)

Wildlife Sightings or Problems

  • Nuisance wildlife issues: Call (845)-256-3098 to get the name of a licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Officer. See tips on how to discourage nuisance wildlife
  • Deer damage permits: Call (845) 256-3098
  • Reporting injured, sick or dead wildlife: See instructions on what to do or call: (845) 256-3098
  • Report a bear sighting: Call (845) 256-3098
  • For any other wildlife-related questions, call the Region 3's General Wildlife line: (845) 256-3098

Permits (wetlands, pond construction, disturbances to stream banks, dredging, filling, etc.)

An adult eagle and two eaglets in a nest
After 100 years absence, bald eagles
now nest at over 40 sites in the region.
(Photo: Bob Rightmyer)

Hunting, Trapping and Fishing

Outdoor Recreation and Maps

A person in waders fly fishes from the creek by a covered bridge
The region boasts many top trout fishing
streams, such as the Beaverkill and
the Willowemoc.

Region 3 Seasonal Gate Closings and Openings

Access to certain roads in State Forests is seasonally restricted to protect the public or allow recreational uses. See the current list of gate openings and closings

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