About Region 4
Welcome to Region 4! The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4 staff are responsible for the protection of our environment and the management of our natural resources across the nine county Capital District/Northern Catskill area. The Region includes the counties of Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Schoharie and covers almost 4 million acres, bordering Massachusetts and Vermont on the east and Pennsylvania on the southwest.
Region 4 boasts a number of unique resources, including the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, four tranquil campgrounds, the northern portion of the Catskill Forest Preserve, the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center and a portion of the New York City Watershed. In addition, Region 4 contains portions of four major river basins: the Hudson River Basin, characterized by the picturesque Hudson River Valley and including more than 60 miles of the Hudson River; the Mohawk River Basin, which includes more than 60 miles of the pastoral Mohawk River Valley; the Delaware River Basin, consisting of more than 100 miles of both the East and West Branches of the Delaware River; and the Susquehanna River Basin, with its namesake river beginning at historic Otsego Lake and meandering 40 miles through the region and ultimately emptying into Chesapeake Bay. These four river systems offer excellent recreational opportunities, including pleasure boating, canoeing, fishing, waterfowl hunting, and trapping. A vast array of recreational and educational experiences await you and your family in Region 4.
Region 4 staff manage our natural resources and protect our environment through a variety of programs. Our Environmental Quality units regulate the disposal of waste products in our air, water and land, and oversee the cleanup of petroleum spills and hazardous waste sites. Our Natural Resource units manage the region's fish and wildlife populations and their habitats, oversee our state forest lands, and regulate the region's mining activities.
Many other DEC programs help carry out both the Environmental Quality and Natural Resource functions of the agency. Some of these programs include law enforcement, forest protection and fire management, public participation, permit administration, legal affairs and recreational programs.
Please send any comments regarding our site to: Website Coordinator, NYSDEC, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, New York 12306 or call (518)357-2075. Our site will be updated periodically. We look forward to your visit.