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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.

About Conservation Easements

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 conservation easement properties. For more information, please visit our Conservation Easements page or contact the DEC Lands and Forests office nearest to where the conservation easement property is located for the current status on recreational access.

Table updated September 2018
Land Classification
or
Category
Region
1
Region
2
Region
3
Region
4
Region
5
Region
6
Region
7
Region
8
Region
9
Catskill
Park Total
Adirondack
Park Total
State
Total
Percent of Total
State Land and
Conservation
Easements
Forest
Preserve
Wilderness - - 89,888 53,860 1,005,813 208,101 - - - 143,748 1,213,914 1,357,662 28%
Wild Forest - - 76,870 60,224 972,591 368,090 - - - 137,094 1,340,681 1,477,775 30%
Primitive - - - - 24,795 15,613 - - - - 40,408 40,408 0.8%
Primitive Bicycle
Corridor
- - 7 139 - - - - - 146 - 146 0.001%
Canoe - - - - 18,964 - - - - - 18,964 18,964 0.4%
Intensive Use - - 4,181 1,541 21,531 1,857 - - - 5,722 23,388 29,110 0.6%
Administrative - - 401 - 357 1 - - - 401 358 759 0.02%
Historic - - - - 508 - - - - - 508 508 0.01%
Pending
Classification
- - 645 - 1,679 - - - - 645 1,679 2,324 0.05%
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 - - 173,379 120,033 2,066,207 603,373 - - - 287,756 2,663,257 2,962,992 61%
State Forests Reforestation Areas,
Unique Areas, Multiple
Use Areas, and State
Nature and Historic
Preserves
16,086 582 33,772 105,664 62,665 217,833 212,092 56,558 100,949 - 15,126 806,201 16%
Wildlife Management Areas - - 12,929 19,293 8,238 47,017 50,324 42,886 17,619 407 3,958 198,306 4%
Conservation Easements 108 115 27,818 45,700 492,339 337,527 1,091 - 4 19,456 777,206 904,702 18%
Waterway
Access §

Waterway Access Sites
and Boat Launch Sites

46 - 89 56 40 138 184 201 306 - § - § 1,060 0.02%
Fishing Access § 16 - 18 25 71 138 130 3 49 - § - § 450 0.009%
Tidal Wetlands 2,525 189 95 1,301 - - - - - - - 4,110 0.8%
Administrative

DEC Offices, Fish
Hatcheries, Environmental
Education Camps, and
the Saratoga Nursery

25 - 805 643 283 108 1,439 199 145 - - 3,647 0.7 %
TOTALS: 18,806 886 248,905 292,715 2,629,843 1,206,134 265,260 99,847 119,072 307,619 3,459,547 4,881,468 100%

* 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, 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. For calculation purposes in this table, however, State Forest and Wildlife Management Area acreages within the Adirondack Park are NOT also included in the Wild Forest category.
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 is NOT also included in the Administrative category.
§ For calculation purposes in this table, Waterway Access and Fishing Access within the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are included in the Forest Preserve category. Boat Launch Sites are usually classified as Intensive Use. Fishing Access and Waterway Access Sites are usually contained within larger Wild Forest or Wilderness Areas.
For calculation purposes in this table, Administrative lands within the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are only included in the Administrative classification of the Forest Preserve category.