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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, Forest Resource Management, Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Real Property, and Division Direction.

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Bureau of Forest Preserve Management and Conservation Easements

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Bureau of Forest Resource Management

Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

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Bureau of 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
  • State Land Records and Inventory
  • Land Transfers
  • Rights for Hazardous Waste Remediation Sites and Flood Protection Program Easements
  • Defense of State Land Title
  • Preferential Railroad Rights and Surplus Building Requests

Division Direction

Rob Davies, New York's State Forester
Robert Davies

State Forester

Robert K. Davies is Director of DEC's Division of Lands and Forests and 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 and Conservation Easements - 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 Forest Resource Management - The Bureau of Forest Resource 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.
  • Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health - 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.
  • Lands and Forests Offices - List of Central Office and Regional Office contacts for the Division of Lands and Forests
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