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DEC Region 9 Offices

Serving Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming Counties

Region 9 is located in Western New York and is host to a diverse range of natural resources. Currently, DEC's offices within Region 9 include a main office located in the City of Buffalo, a sub-office in Allegany, and the Dunkirk Lake Erie Fisheries Unit.

About Region 9

The 6 Western New York Counties covered by Region 9 compose over 3 million acres of land.

  • The Allegany, Genesee, and Niagara Rivers flow through Region 9.
  • Over 75 miles of Lake Erie and 30 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline are located in Region 9.

Region 9 Includes:

Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer was found in Cattaraugus
County in June 2009

Region 9 Programs

Regional Natural Resources Programs

Niagara Falls
Scenic Niagara Falls

Regional Environmental Quality Programs

Eaglet hatched in Zoar Valley
Eaglet hatched in Zoar Valley

Other key units with responsibilities that overlap both Natural Resources and Environmental Quality include:

  • Administration
  • Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers
  • Environmental Permits
  • Great Lakes
  • Legal Affairs
  • Operations
  • Public Affairs

Region 9 Contact Information

NYSDEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7200
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday
License sales: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Regional Director
Abby Snyder
Phone: (716) 851-7201
Fax: (716) 851-7211

Regional Law Enforcement
Captain Frank Lauricella
Phone: (716) 851-7050
Fax: (716) 851-7053

Regional Forest Protection
Captain Daniel Richter
Phone: (716) 372-0645
Fax: (716) 372-2113

Regional Natural Resources Supervisor
Paul McKeown
Phone: (716) 372-0645
Fax: (716) 372-2113

Regional Attorney
Maureen Brady
Phone: (716) 851-7190
Fax: (716) 851-7296

Regional Engineer
Jim Strickland
Phone: (716) 851-7130
Fax: (716) 851-7009

Regional Permits Administrator
David Denk
Phone: (716) 851-7165
Fax: (716) 851-7168

Great Lakes Program Coordinator
Donald Zelazny
Phone: (716) 851-7220
Fax: (716) 851-7226

Regional Public Affairs
Megan Gollwitzer
Phone: (716) 851-7201
Fax: (716) 851-7211