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DEC Region 5 Offices

Serving Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Fulton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

Region 5 includes three-quarters of the Adirondack Park; over two million acres of Forest Preserve land; nearly half of a million acres of conservation easement lands, 62,700 acres of state forests lands, 6,900 acres of wildlife management lands, more than 3,400 lakes and ponds ranging in size from high altitude ponds of an acre or less to water bodies the size of Lake Champlain; 856 miles of Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers; over 530,000 year-round residents in 6 cities, 36 villages and 117 towns and millions of people that enjoy visiting and recreating in the Adirondack Mountains and surrounding areas.

Former Finch Lands

August 2012: Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Martens announced the planned acquisition of 69,000 acres of the former Finch Paper lands and other Nature Conservancy lands throughout the Adirondacks. This planned acquisition will be the largest single addition to the Adirondack Forest Preserve in more than a century. To view a video of the Governor's press conference, click on the link in the right column and then click on the video icon under Related Media.

April 2013: Governor Cuomo announces the closing on five tracts of land totaling 9,300 acres. Some of these tracts lie just outside the Adirondack Park. When combined with the 18,318-acre Essex Chain of Lakes Tracts purchased in 2012, the State has added 27,618 acres of new forest preserve and state forest lands. The remaining 41,382 acres will be purchased in phases over the next three years.

June 2013 - Governor Cuomo has announced that public access to the 7,200 acres of land, the Hudson River between Newcomb and Indian Lake, the lower reaches of the Cedar River and the lands and ponds south of the Cedar River is available for the first time in 100 years through an Interim Access Plan for the Former Finch Lands (PDF, 2.4 MB).

October 2013 - Governor Cuomo has announced approximately 11,600 acres of lands and waters on the Essex Chain Lakes tract in the center of the Adirondacks is now open to the public for outdoor recreation through an Interim Access Plan for the Essex Chain Lakes Tract and Essex Chain Lakes Easement Tract (PDF, 2.5 MB).

March 2014: Governor Cuomo announces New York State has purchased an additional 8,451 acres of former Finch lands in Fulton, Warren, Essex and Hamilton counties. The 14 new parcels contain miles of rivers and streams, ponds, wildlife habitat and trails, and offer exceptional opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, cross country skiing and mountain biking. Already, the state has completed two acquisition phases totaling 30,037 acres.

More information on the acquisition of the former Finch Pruyn Lands, including announcements regarding public access opportunities, can be found on the Acquisition of Former Finch Pruyn Lands web page.

DEC has developed an interim access web page with information about the area and descriptions and maps of the interim public access facilities. Updated information will be provided here and on the interim access web page as roads are opened and trails, landing sites and other infrastructure are developed.

Public access opportunities are also available on the Former Finch Lands that are now part of the Upper Hudson Woodlands Conservation Easement. Additional public access on the conservation easement lands will available in the future.

Report Environmental Problems

1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332) - call the TIPPs hotline to report any environmental violations

1-800-457-7362 (within NY State) or (518) 457-7362 (outside NY State) - call the Spill Hotline to report a chemical or oil spill

(518) 891-0235 - to report lost or injured hikers or a wildland fire

All the numbers above may be called 24 hours a day. All callers names can be kept confidential

Offices

Ray Brook Headquarters
P.O. Box 296
1115 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296
Telephone: (518) 897-1200

Warrensburg Office
232 Golf Course Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885
Telephone: (518) 623-1200

Northville Office
P.O. Box 1316
701 South Main Street
Northville, NY 12134
Telephone: (518) 863-4545

Program Supervisors

Regional Director: Robert Stegemann
Phone (518) 897-1211
Fax (518) 897-1394

Regional Administrator: Kathy Scriver
Phone (518) 897-1211
Fax (518) 897-1394

Regional Citizen Participation Specialist: David Winchell
Phone (518) 897-1211
Fax (518) 897-1394

Regional Attorney: Michelle Crew
Phone (518) 897-1227
Fax (518) 897-1394

Regional Enforcement Coordinator: Brian Huyck
Phone (518) 897-1227
Fax (518) 897-1394

Lake Champlain Coordinator: Fred Dunlap
Phone (518) 897-1241
Fax (518) 897-1245

Regional FOIL Coordinator: Sheryl Quinn
Phone (518) 897-1242
Fax (518) 897-1245

Regional Environmental Quality Engineer: Richard Wagner
Phone (518) 897-1241
Fax (518) 897-1245

Regional Environmental Remediation Engineer: Russell Huyck
Phone (518) 897-1242
Fax (518) 891-2295

Regional Materials Management Engineer: David Mt. Pleasant (Acting)
Phone (518) 623-1212
Fax (518) 623-1311

Regional Water Engineer: William Lupo
Phone (518) 623-1212
Fax (518) 623-1311

Regional Air Engineer: James Coutant
Phone (518) 623-1212
Fax (518) 623-1311

Regional Natural Resource Supervisor: Thomas Martin
Phone (518) 897-1276
Fax (518) 897-1370

Regional Wildlife Manager: Lance Durfey
Phone (518) 897-1291
Fax (518) 897-1370

Regional Fisheries Manager: William Schoch
Phone (518) 897-1333
Fax (518) 897-1347

Regional Forester: Kris Alberga
Phone (518) 897-1276
Fax (518) 897-1370

Regional Real Property Supervisor: Leslie Eggleton
Phone (518) 897-1221
Fax (518) 897-1370

Regional Mined Land Reclamation Specialist: Joseph Barbeito
Phone (518) 897-1291
Fax (518) 897-1370

Regional Permit Administrator: Marc Migliore
Phone (518) 897-1234
Fax (518) 897-1394

Regional Operations Supervisor: Jim McEnaney
Phone (518) 897-1310
Fax (518) 897-1395

Adirondack Lakes Survey Corp. Liaison: Karen Roy
Phone (518) 897-1354
Fax (518) 897-1364

Regional Chief Environmental Conservation Officer: Captain Daniel Darrah
Phone (518) 897-1326
Fax (518) 897-1331

Regional Forest Ranger: Captain John Streiff
Phone (518) 897-1300
Fax (518) 897-1370