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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Using the DEC Website

Left Hand Navigation Column

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The left hand navigation on the DEC homepage.

Visible on every page, the left hand navigation organizes the content on the website into 11 main categories including:

Expandable Homepage Navigation Links

The left hand navigation on the home page can be expanded to see the levels below by clicking on the green arrow. Click again to hide the levels.

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Outdoor Activities Navigation closed.
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Outdoor Activities Navigation expanded.

How Can We Help You?

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The How Can We Help You area includes
some of the top information searched for
on the DEC website

This section is found on the homepage of our website. It provides quick links to some of the most requested information on our site. Clicking on any of these links will take you directly to where that particular information is located on our website.

New from DEC:

This section of our homepage highlights new content such as regulations, laws, videos, events, and is updated frequently.

Right Hand Navigation Column

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Arrows pointing to where the right column is located.

The right hand column is blue and appears on most DEC web pages. There are five main pieces of information that the right hand column provides such as:

  • Find on this page links act as a table of contents for the page you're currently on.
  • Important links provide links to other pages on our website which provide information related to the page you're currently visiting.
  • Links Leaving DEC's Website provide links to pages outside of our website which contain information related to the page you're currently visiting.
  • Contact information such as a mailing address, email, and telephone number.
  • A regional map which shows what area of the state the information on the page is about.

More about:

The More about section is on most pages of our website. It can be found as the last part of information at the bottom of the page. It repeats the items in the left navigation of that current page you're on and also provides a description of the information found at each link.

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The left hand navigation
of a user on the Fishing page
Screen shot of the More about section of DEC website's Fishing page
Scrolling to the bottom of the Fishing page
you'll find the more about section


Screen shot of bread crumbs on the public website.
Breadcrumbs showing the path to get to the Forest Fires page

Breadcrumbs or breadcrumb trail is another navigation aid you can use to keep track of your location within programs or documents. On our site they can be found directly under the website banner at the top of the page. In the example in the image, the user is currently on the Forest Fires web page. The breadcrumbs show the location of the Forest Fires page within our websites navigation.

Subject Index & Search Box

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The subject index as it appears on the DEC website

The subject index can be found at the top of every page under the banner. It is an alphabetical listing of some of the most important topics on our website.

Search Box

The search box can be found to the right of the subject index as seen in the photo to the right. You can enter a key word or phrase and you'll be taken to the search results page. On the search results page you also have the option of selecting certain areas of the site to be searched, and have access to the advanced search options.

Website Banner and Footer

The banner wraps around the top of each of our web pages. Clicking on the banner from any page will take you back to our homepage. At the bottom of every page is the website footer with links to information such as our website usage and policies, our privacy policy, contact information, and also information on employment with DEC.