Rules for Using Lands Managed by the Division of Lands and Forests
Anyone enjoying State Lands managed by the Division of Lands and Forests must observe the following rules which protect both the people and the forest environment, and are based on regulations 6 NYCRR Parts 190-199 (link leaves DEC website.) The Division of Lands and Forests manages Forest Preserve lands, State Forests and Unique Areas.
- Do Not Move Firewood! You could be spreading pests and diseases that kill our forests! A firewood regulation (link leaves DEC website) is in place to protect our forests and prevent the spread of invasive pests and diseases. Do not bring firewood from home. Buy it from a source near your destination.
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended. All fires must be extinguished with water, and the coals must be raked until cool to the touch.
- Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
- Camping for more than three consecutive nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a DEC Forest Ranger.
- Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at camping areas designated by the department.
- Human waste should be buried in a shallow hole 4-6 inches deep, and at least 150 feet from water, trails, and campsites. Cover with leaf litter and dirt.
- Motorized vehicles are permitted only on access roads posted as open to motor vehicles. Off road use of motorized vehicles is prohibited, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife manages Wildlife Management Areas, Public Fishing Rights, certain boat launch and fishing access sites, and other facilities which are governed by Fish and Wildlife regulations (link leaves DEC website.)