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DEC Region 7 Offices

Serving Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins counties

Region 7 is located in central New York and includes the Salmon River, Onondaga Lake, the shoreline of Lake Ontario, several Finger Lakes, and over 110 State Forests. The main DEC office is located in Syracuse with sub-offices in Cortland, Sherburne and Kirkwood.

DEC staff have two main areas of responsibility: natural resource management and environmental quality protection. As part of natural resource management staff oversee state fish and wildlife resources, as well as state forests and wildlife management areas that are located in the region. Make Your Own Vacation in Central New York (PDF) (33 pages, 3.2 mB) highlights the recreational opportunities found on DEC lands in the region.

Available Recreational Activities By State DEC Lands in Central New York (PDF 260 kB, 4 pages) allows you to find what outdoor activities are available at your favorite forest or wildlife management area OR discover where you can undertake your favorite recreational activities at nearby forests and wildlife management areas. Equally important are efforts to improve the quality of the environment which includes issuing and monitoring air and water quality permits, cleaning up industrial sites and removing hazardous materials such as tire dumps from the landscape.

Contact information for the regional office and sub-offices is listed below with names and phone numbers of important staff. This is followed by a list of programs, their main duties and phone numbers to reach each program.

Syracuse- Main Office

615 Erie Blvd. West
Syracuse, NY 13204
315-426-7400

Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, NY
Onondaga Lake in Syracuse

Cortland Sub-Office

1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-3095

Sherburne Sub-Office

2715 State Route 80
Sherburne, NY 13460
607-674-4017

Kirkwood Sub-Office

1679 NYS Route 11
Kirkwood, NY 13795
607-775-2545

Laborador Hollow Boardwalk
Labrador Hollow Unique Area Boardwalk

Regional Director
Kenneth P. Lynch

615 Erie Blvd. West
Syracuse, NY 13204-2400
Phone (315) 426-7403
Fax (315) 426-7408

Regional Natural Resources Supervisor
Dan Bishop

1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045-1090
Phone (607) 753-3095, ext. 298; Fax (607) 753-8532

Regional Engineer
Mary Jane Peachey

Phone (315) 426-7403; Fax (315) 426-7408

Salmon jumping at Salmon River
Salmon jumping at Salmon River Hatchery

Regional Attorney
Joseph Sluzar

Phone (315) 426-7405; Fax (315) 426-7408

Regional Permit Administrator
David Bimber
Phone (315) 426-7438; Fax (315) 426-7425

Regional Public Affairs and Media Officer
Diane Carlton

Phone (315) 426-7403; Fax (315) 426-7408

Regional Environmental Educator
Betsy Ukeritis
Phone (315) 426-7532; Fax (315) 426-7408

Region 7 Programs

Air Resources - Air Permitting and Monitoring; 315-426-7552

Environmental Permits - Air Permits, Wetlands Permits, Dock Permits, Dredging and Stream Crossing Permits, SPDES, Solid and Hazardous Waste Permits, Mining Permits, Water Supply Permits, SEQRA. The Cortland sub-office serves the counties of Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Madison, Tompkins and Tioga. 607-753-3095. The Syracuse office serves the counties of Oswego, Cayuga, and Onondaga . 315-426-7438.

Environmental Remediation - State Superfund Sites, Environmental Remediation Project Information, Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup, Brownfields, Vapor Intrusion Sites; 315-426-7551. Spill Prevention and Response 315-426-7519. To report a spill- 1-800-457-7362

Fisheries - Fish Stocking, Public Fishing Access, Fisheries Research and Propagation, Salmon River Fish Hatchery; Region 7 Fishing Hotline, Central NY Fishing, 607-753-3095 ext. 213.

Forest Rangers - Law Enforcement on DEC Administered Lands, Wildfire Suppression, Search and Rescue. Forest Rangers are sworn Police Officers authorized to enforce all state laws, with special emphasis on Environmental Conservation law, the protection of state lands and the public using state lands. List of Region 7 Forest Rangers 607-753-3095

Forestry - Management of State Forests and Unique Areas, Forestry Advice and Assistance for Private Landowners, Unit Management Plans for Forestry management

For information on State Forests in Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Onondaga, Tompkins and Tioga Counties call the Cortland Lands and Forests Office at 607-753-3095, extension 217.

For information on State Forests in Broome, Madison, Chenango call the Sherburne Lands and Forests Office at 607-674-4017.

One can also e-mail Region 7

Law Enforcement - Law Enforcement of the Environmental Conservation Law, Environmental Conservation Officers; List of Region 7 Environmental Conservation Officers 315-426-7431

Legal Affairs - Handles Legal Affairs for DEC; 315-426-7405

Materials Management - Landfills, Household Hazardous Wastes, Solid Waste; 315-426-7419. Pesticides 607-753-3095 ext. 232

Minerals - Mining Permits, Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Drilling, Reclamation of Mines; 315-426-7461.

Operations - Physical and Capital Buildings and Infrastructure; 315-426-7447

Public Affairs/Participation - Press Releases, Public Participation, Outreach, Website, Conservationist; 315-426-7403

Real Property Services - Land Acquisition, Surveying; 315-426-7476

Regional Administration - Personnel, Budgets, FOIL, Administration, Management; 315-426-7403

Water and Wastewater - Wastewater Treatment Plants, Stormwater, Dam Safety, Flood Control, Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFO); 315-426-7500

Wildlife - Hunting, Nuisance Wildlife, Hunter Education, Wildlife Management Areas, Wetlands, Endangered Species; 607-753-3095 ext. 247.

Other DEC Offices in the Region

Salmon River Fish Hatchery- The Salmon River Fish Hatchery is located in Altmar, in Oswego County. It specializes in raising steelhead, chinook, salmon, coho salmon, brown trout and landlocked salmon. The hatchery supplies fish for more than 100 public waters including Lake Ontario. Each year the hatchery stocks 3.5 million trout and salmon and 9 million walleye fry.315-298-5051.


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