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Trout fishing opens April 1
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Burn Ban Through May 14

Help prevent wildfires by not burning residential brush March 16 through May 14. This annual burn ban has decreased spring wildfires significantly since it went into effect more than 10 years ago.

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#RecreateLocal- Safely, Responsibly

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors locally and connecting with nature (while social distancing) is a way to help maintain mental and physical health. Our webpage has recreation guidance and online resources for kid-friendly nature exploring. Recreate responsibly, safely, and locally.

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DEC Regional Offices Temporarily Closed

To reduce community spread of COVID-19, DEC is temporarily closing regional offices to the visiting public. Appointments available upon request by calling your regional office. DEC staff are working remotely across the state to support our core mission and are available to assist New Yorkers. You can also email questions to