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State Forests Accomplishment Report

Annual Summary for Inventory, Maintenance and Treatment

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Bureau of State Land Management oversees the management of 450 State Forests throughout New York. "State Forests" consist of three types of State-owned land including Multiple Use Areas (23), Unique Areas (33), and State Reforestation Areas (394). The specific designation refers to the type of funding authorized to purchase the land and how that land should be managed. In general, all State Forests are devoted to "reforestation and the establishment and maintenance thereon of forests for watershed protection, the production of timber and other forest products, and for recreation and kindred purposes." (State Reforestation Law - Hewitt Reforestation Bill, Chapter 195 of the Laws of 1929)

The area of all State Forests amounts to 785,000 acres (as of 2007); with over 6,700 miles of boundary line requiring a mapped survey, permanent marking (usually with yellow paint and posted signs) and periodic maintenance. Additionally, DEC maintains thousands of miles of roads and trails throughout every State Forest. Much of this access system also serves multiple purposes including various recreational opportunities such as:

  • Over 1,000 miles of biking trails
  • Over 1,100 miles of cross-country ski trails
  • Over 900 miles of horse trails
  • Over 1,000 miles of snowmobile trails
  • Over 1,700 miles of foot trails

Finally, 99% of State Forests, all State Forests in DEC Regions 3 - 9 (that's 762,000 acres!), are Green Certified, which means they meet strict environmental, social and economic standards established by both the Forest Stewardship Council (www.fscus.org) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (www.sfiprogram.org).

As you can imagine, DEC Foresters have a considerable responsibility to maintain a diversity of opportunities for the many environmental and public demands on State Forests. The ultimate goal is to meet this demand today without compromising future generations. There are a number of indicators that can be tracked to help demonstrate the sustainable management of this important resource. The following chart summarizes some of these indicators on a yearly basis. For more information about inventory, maintenance and treatments on State Forest please call the Bureau of State Land Management at (518) 402-9428.

State Forests Accomplishment Report (State Fiscal Year 2002 to 2013)
Fiscal Year
(April 1st to
March 31st)
State Forest
Inventory
(Acres)
Number of
Sales
Total Sale
Acres
Sawtimber
Harvested
(MBF)
Pulpwood
Harvested
(Cords)

Chip & Other
Harvested(Tons)

Total Gross
Forest Revenue
2012-2013 64,752 241 6,466 17,483 26,519 26,279 $3,415,469.99
2011-2012 71,309 330 7,032 17,792 25,492 30,428 $4,667,141.78
2010-2011 99,381 284 5,471 18,177 21,081 29,010 $3,145,538.89
2009-2010 82,787 500 7,242 22,242 22,593 31,390 $3,080,006.80
2008-2009 63,966 697 7,729 28,317 12,163 n/a $3,905,265.98
2007-2008 39,299 522 7,000 25,839 15,389 n/a $4,152,940.80
2006-2007 20,660 561 8,158 33,807 11,905 n/a $4,780,041.00
2005-2006 41,428 555 8,684 32,568 17,820 n/a $5,183,632.00
2004-2005 43,753 496 7,560 22,338 24,098 n/a $4,501,074.00
2003-2004 46,733 678 9,935 22,620 32,775 n/a $5,051,614.00
2002-2003 40,298 650 8,112 23,424 24,036 n/a $3,760,975.00
AVERAGE 55,851 501 7,581 24,055 21,261 n/a $4,149,427.29