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State Land Acreage by Classification

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) distributes this data with the understanding that it is approximate, and is intended for broad scale planning, inventory, and analysis activities. Although acreage figures are shown to one-acre accuracy, the geographic information used for area calculations is approximate and no survey level accuracy is conveyed. NYS DEC makes no guarantee or warranty concerning the accuracy of information contained in the data. This data is a work in progress and will continually be improved. For definitions of each land classification please visit our State Land Classifications page. For more information on DEC's administrative regions, including locations, visit our DEC Regions page.

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A conservation easement is a land conservation tool employed by the State that protects natural resources while allowing for continued private ownership of land. Despite private ownership, however, conservation easements held by the state do represent a public interest in those lands, and with this interest comes some level of management responsibility on behalf of DEC. For example, the State has acquired varying levels of public recreation rights on most large, working-forest easement properties. For more information, please visit our Conservation Easements page or contact the DEC Lands and Forests office nearest to where the easement property is located for the current status on recreational access.

State Land Acreage by Classification (All figures are in acres except where noted. Table updated March 2014)
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Catskill
Park Total
Adirondack
Park Total
State
Total
Percent of Total
State Land and
Conservation
Easements
State Forest 10,279 392 33,169 104,683 62,694** 217,282 204,660 55,519 100,675 - 15,087 ** 789,353 17%
Forest
Preserve
Wilderness - - 89,458 53,632 980,317 207,607 - - - 143,018 1,187,925 1,331,014 28%
Wild Forest - - 75,785 60,969 948,930** 367,621 - - - 135,929 1,316,295 1,453,305 30%
Primitive - - - - 24,637 15,526 - - - - 40,163 40,163 1%
Primitive Bicycle
Corridor
- - 7 139 - - - - - 146 - 146 0.003%
Canoe - - - - 18,964 - - - - - 18,964 18,964 0.4%
Intensive Use - - 4,083 1,548 21,738 1,805 - - - 5,632 23,543 29,174 0.6%
Administrative - - 390 0 *** 345 7 - - - 390 353 742 0.02%
Historic - - - - 508 - - - - - 508 508 0.01%
Pending
Classification
- - - - 10,130 109 - - - - 10,237 11,671 0.25%
Under Water*
(Unclassified)
- - - - 18,491 4,865 - - - - 23,357 23,356 0.5%
Detached
Parcel
- - 1,387 4,269 1,478 4,846 - - - - - 11,980 0.2%
Total Forest Preserve - - 172,542 120,557 2,025,538 602,386 - - - 286,547 2,621,345 2,921,023 61%
Wildlife Management Area 5,963 - 12,159 18,315 *** 6,896 ** 45,171 49,887 41,903 17,392 407 *** 2,956 ** 197,686 4%
Conservation Easement 108 115 27,818 45,700 492,339 337,527 1,091 - 4 19,456 777,206 904,702 19%
TOTALS: 16,350 507 245,688 289,255 2,587,467 1,202,366 255,638 97,422 118,071 306,410 3,401,507 4,812,764 100%

* Certain lake beds are considered Forest Preserve, despite some level of private ownership adjacent to the lakes. These underwater lands are not classified. For the purposes of this table, however, lakes and ponds that are completely surrounded by Forest Preserve have been classified the same as the adjacent land.
** Where State Forests and Wildlife Management Areas exist within the Adirondack Park, the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan also classifies these lands as Wild Forest. However, since these lands are not Forest Preserve, State Forest and Wildlife Management Area acreages within the Adirondack Park were NOT included in the Wild Forest category of this table.
*** Where Wildlife Management Areas exist within the Catskill Park, the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan also classifies these lands as Administrative. For calculation purposes in this table, however, Wildlife Management Area acreage within the Catskill Park was NOT also included in the Administrative category.