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Division of Lands and Forests

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The Division of Lands and Forests manages nearly five million acres of public lands and conservation easements across New York State. This includes the Forest Preserve in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks; State Forests which include Unique Areas, Reforestation Areas, Multiple Use Areas and the State Nature and Historical Preserve; and more than 900,000 acres of conservation easement lands. The Division of Lands and Forests is responsible for the management, protection and recreational use of these lands, the care of the people who use these lands and the acquisition of additional lands to conserve unique and significant resources.

Lands and Forests provides leadership in forestry and forest management on public and private lands. The Division of Lands and Forests is a leading force in invasive species management statewide with a focus on early detection and rapid response.

The Division is made up of five bureaus: Forest Preserve and Conservation Easements, Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Forest Resource Management, Real Property and Division Direction.

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Conservation Easements

  • Conservation Easement Acquisition
  • Conservation Easement Inspections and Monitoring
  • Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan Development
  • Conservation Easement Public Recreation Implementation

Forest Preserve Management

  • Forest Preserve - Adirondack Park
  • Forest Preserve - Catskill Park
  • Forest Preserve Planning
  • Forest Preserve Stewardship
  • Forest Preserve Policy and Regulation
  • Forest Preserve Education and Outreach
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Private Land Services

  • Cooperating Forester Program
  • Cooperating Timber Harvester Program
  • Forest Health and Protection
  • Forest Landowner Assistance
  • Forest Industry Technical Assistance
  • Forest Products Utilization and Marketing
  • Forest Tax Law
  • Saratoga Tree Nursery
  • Urban and Community Forestry
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Real Property

  • Land Acquisition by Purchase, Gift or Exchange
  • Conservation Easement Negotiation, Acquisition and Monitoring
  • Forest Legacy Program
  • Appraisal and Appraisal Review for all DEC Land Acquisition Efforts
  • Boundary Line Surveys for Acquisition, Stewardship and Trespasses
  • Maintain State Land Records and Inventory
  • Land Transfer Processing from and to Other State Agencies
  • Assist with Obtaining Rights for Hazardous Waste Remediation Sites and Flood Protection Program Easements
  • Defense of State Land Title
  • Process Preferential Railroad Rights and Surplus Building Requests
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State Land Management

  • State Forest Management, including Reforestation Areas & Multiple-Use Areas
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Inventory and Mapping
  • Historic Preservation and Native American Affairs Coordination
  • State Land Planning
  • State Unique Areas
  • State Nature and Historical Preserve

Rob Davies, New York's State Forester

Robert K. Davies, Director of DEC's Division of Lands and Forests is New York's State Forester. He is responsible for the implementation of United States Forest Service programs within New York including the Forest Stewardship Program and the Forest Legacy Program.

More about Division of Lands and Forests:

  • Bureau of Forest Preserve Management - The Bureau of Forest Preserve Management is responsible for the management and care of nearly 3 million acres of forest preserve lands owned by the people of the State of New York.
  • Bureau of Private Land Services - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forestry professionals are dedicated to maintaining the long-term health and productivity of our forests. Services foresters provide assistance to landowners to sustain healthy ecosystems, protect soil and water resources, improve wildlife habitat, and provide recreational opportunities and wood products.
  • Bureau of Real Property - The Bureau of Real Property is DEC's Real Estate Agent, handling all land conveyance transactions for all DEC Divisions. Additionally, the Bureau is responsible for the boundary locations for over four million acres of DEC administered land.
  • Bureau of State Land Management - The Bureau of State Land Management is part of DEC's Division of Lands and Forests and is responsible for the management and care of nearly four million acres of land owned by the people of the State of New York
  • Lands and Forests Offices - List of Central Office and Regional Office contacts for the Division of Lands and Forests
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    Lands and Forests
    625 Broadway FL 5
    Albany, NY 12233
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