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New York Forest Action Plan

The Forest Action Plan (Plan) is a 10-year strategic plan for New York's forestry community. The purpose of the Plan is to provide long‐term, comprehensive, coordinated strategies to help the forestry community refine how it invests state, federal and leveraged partner resources in major management and landscape priorities.

Under the federal Farm Bill, every 10 years each state must submit a Forest Action Plan to the US Forest Service. The Plan must be approved by the state's chief forester, who in New York is the director of DEC's Division of Lands and Forests. The next update of the Plan is due June 2020.

What the Plan Will Do

  • Provide a resource for forest-relevant data, information, and trends;
  • Define and explore emerging threats to NY's forests;
  • Help the state focus on the most important work or programs during the Plan's timeframe;
  • Identify specific regions or issues that could benefit most from targeted attention in the 10-year timeframe; and
  • Help DEC and its partners focus their work and determine their role in addressing the strategies identified in the Forest Action Plan.

Forest Action Plan Information Sheet (PDF)

Stay Informed

This page is updated regularly to provide the latest information on the 2020 Forest Action Plan.

For each Plan update, DEC engages a broad spectrum of stakeholders from the forestry community and develops the Plan's strategies drawing on their feedback.

If you have questions about your involvement or the Forest Action Plan in general, please contact our office at ForestActionPlan@dec.ny.gov or (518) 402-9405.

2010 Forest Action Plan

The last major update to the Forest Action Plan was in 2010, when the report was referred to as the Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy. This plan continues to guide the Department until the adoption of the 2020 Forest Action Plan.

Forest Resources Assessment and Strategy - Full Plan - PDF
Plan Summary - PDF


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