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Google Maps and Earth

Some of DEC's map data can be viewed in Google Maps or Google Earth. To use Google Maps, simply click on any of the Google Maps icons below and the map will open an offsite link in your browser window. To use Google Earth, users must first download the software from Google (see link in right column under Links Leaving DEC's Website). Then, simply click on a Google Earth icon below to open or save the map (as a kmz file). Users new to Google Earth can also refer to DEC's tutorial (also in the right column).

In addition, DEC's Geodata Inventory can be browsed at the NYS GIS Clearinghouse . Some data sets are available for download as shapefiles, and some can be downloaded and viewed in products like Google Earth.

Recreational Maps
Data Set Google
Earth
Google
Maps
(offsite links)
Description
Accessible Recreation Destinations
Download Accessible Recreation Destinations file for Google Earth
Accessible Recreation Destinations in Google Maps
Accessible recreation destinations throughout New York State that are owned, maintained, or jointly managed by DEC offer a variety of recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
Bird Conservation Areas
Download Bird Conservation Areas file for Google Earth
Bird Conservation Areas in Google Maps
Bird Conservation Areas (BCA) offer excellent opportunities to observe birds and natural resources while supporting the integration of bird conservation interests into agency planning, management and research projects.
Boat Launch Sites
Download Boat Launch Sites file for Google Earth
Boat Launch Sites in Google Maps
DEC-owned or operated boat launch sites offer public facilities for launching boats onto New York State waters.
Campgrounds
Download Campgrounds file for Google Earth
Campgrounds in Google Maps
DEC campgrounds offer hiking trails, beaches, picnic areas, and a variety of other recreational activities.
Cross-Country Ski Trails
Download Cross-Country Ski Trails file for Google Earth
Cross-Country Skiing Trails are DEC trails that are approved for cross-country skiing.
DEC Lands
Download DEC Lands file for Google Earth
Lands under the care, custody, and control of DEC, include state forests, forest preserves, unique areas, and wildlife management areas.
DEC Roads
Download DEC Roads file for Google Earth
DEC Roads are roads located on DEC Lands that are approved for motor vehicle use. Please note: due to funding reductions, some temporary road closures are in effect.
Hiking Trails
Download Hiking Trails file for Google Earth
Hiking Trails are DEC trails that are approved for foot travel.
Horse Trails
Download Horse Trails file for Google Earth
Horse Trails are DEC trails that are approved for horse travel.
Lake Contour Maps
Download Lake Contour Maps file for Google Earth
Lake Contour Maps in Google Maps
The New York State lake contour map series provides information on depth contours, water surface area, mean depth, and available fish species for selected state waters.
License Issuing Agents
Download file for ALL License Issuing Agents in NYS for Google Earth
License Issuing Agents for Eastern and Southern NYS in Google Maps
License Issuing Agents are retail stores, town clerks' offices, and other locations where hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses can be purchased. Included in the Google Map to the left are the License Issuing Agents in the eastern and southern portion of New York State (DEC Regions 1, 2, 3 & 4)
License Issuing Agents for Northern NYS in Google Maps
As above, but for the northern portion of New York State (DEC Regions 5 & 6)
License Issuing Agents for Western NYS in Google Maps
As above, but for the western portion of New York State (DEC Regions 7, 8 & 9)
MAPPWD Trails
Download Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities file for Google Earth
Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) trails are DEC trails or roads open to motor vehicle use by people with certain mobility impairment disabilities who possess a valid DEC permit.
Mountain Bike Trails
Download Mountain Bike Trails file for Google Earth
Mountain Bike Trails are DEC trails that are approved for mountain bike use.
North / South Hunting Zone Line
Download North / South Hunting Zone Line file for Google Earth
North / South Hunting Zone Line in Google Maps
The North / South Hunting Zone Line separates the state into two hunting zones, which may have different hunting seasons and regulations.
Public Fishing Lakes and Ponds
Public Fishing Lakes and Ponds in Google Earth
Public Fishing Lakes and Ponds in Google Maps
Lakes and Ponds open to fishing for the general public. Each water has been identified by DEC regional staff to provide quality fishing opportunities for various popular sportfish species. Each location includes the fish species available and other site amenities important to anglers.
Public Fishing Rivers and Streams
Public Fishing Rivers and Streams in Google Earth
Public Fishing Rivers and Streams in Google Maps
Streams and rivers identified by DEC regional staff that provide quality fishing opportunities for various popular sportfish species. Each location includes the fish species available and other site amenities important to anglers. Note that these waters all contain formal or informal public access points including public fishing easements (PFR), but their entire length may not be open to public fishing.
Public Fishing Stream Parking Areas
Download Public Fishing Stream Parking Areas file for Google Earth
Public Fishing Stream Parking Areas in Google Maps
Public Fishing Stream Parking Areas are parking sites located near Public Fishing Rights easements to provide anglers with access to New York's fishing streams.
Snowmobile Trails
Download Snowmobile Trails file for Google Earth
Snowmobile trails are DEC trails that are approved for snowmobile use.
Watchable Wildlife Sites
Download Watchable Wildlife Sites file for Google Earth
Watchable Wildlife Sites in Google Maps
Whether you're in the city or the suburbs, wildlife is never far away if you know where to look. Visit a Watchable Wildlife site, walk their interpretive trails, stop at a visitor center or attend a nature workshop.
Environmental Maps
Data Set Google
Earth
Google
Maps (offsite
links)
Description
Breeding Bird Atlas: Eastern & Southern NY
Download Breeding Bird Atlas file for Eastern and Southern NY for Google Earth
This file shows lists of birds recorded in Eastern and Southern New York State (DEC Regions 1, 2, 3, and 4) during the 2000 - 2005 Breeding Bird Atlas Survey.
Breeding Bird Atlas: Northern NY
Download Breeding Bird Atlas file for Northern NY for Google Earth
This file shows lists of birds recorded in Northern New York State (DEC Regions 5 and 6) during the 2000 - 2005 Breeding Bird Atlas Survey.
Breeding Bird Atlas: Western & Central NY
Download Breeding Bird Atlas file for Western and Central NY for Google Earth
This file shows lists of birds recorded in Western and Central New York State (DEC Regions 7, 8, and 9) during the 2000 - 2005 Breeding Bird Atlas Survey.
Breeding Bird Atlas: Species Distributions
Download Breeding Bird Atlas: Statewide Species Distributions file for Google Earth
This file shows the statewide distributions of all bird species studied during the 2000 - 2005 Breeding Bird Atlas survey.
Bulk Storage Facilities
Download Bulk Storage Facilities file for Google Earth
The Bulk Storage Program includes Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS), Major Oil Storage Facilities (MOSF), and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS).
Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP)
Download Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program file for Google Earth
Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program in Google Maps
Lakes that are part of the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP). CSLAP is a water quality monitoring and educational program that is cooperatively managed by DEC and New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA). Each location summarizes the lake's characteristics and links to lake reports.
Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Outfalls
Download NY Combined Sewer Overflow Outfalls file for Google Earth
View NY Combined Sewer Overflow Outfall data in Google Maps
This map shows the locations of permitted Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) outfalls in NYS. CSOs are part of a combined sewer system, which are required to have a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit issued by DEC.
DEC Region Boundaries and Office Locations
Download DEC Region Boundaries and Office Locations file for Google Earth
View DEC Region Boundaries and Office Locations in Google Maps
These maps display the boundaries of DEC's nine administrative regions as well as DEC's office locations statewide. Contact information for each of the offices is provided.
Ecological Zones
Download Ecological Zones file for Google Earth
Ecological Zones of New York were defined to delineate land units of similar ecological and geographic characteristics, based on topography, vegetation types, and land use.
Emergency Shellfish Closure Areas
Download Emergency Shellfish Closures file for Google Earth
View Emergency Shellfish Closures in Google Maps
Closures of marine shellfishing areas around Long Island and New York City. Also contains emergency closures following rainfall in excess of 3 inches.
Environmental Remediation Sites
Download Environmental Remediation Sites file for Google Earth
Environmental Remediation Sites are areas being remediated under one DEC's remedial programs, including State Superfund and Brownfield Cleanup.
Estimated Populations within Urbanized Areas for MS4s
Download Estimated Populations within Urbanized Areas for MS4s file for Google Earth
This is a map of 2010 urbanized areas in NYS identified by the U.S. Census Bureau. The map includes the estimated populations (based on the 2010 U.S. Census Data) within the 2010 urbanized areas for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s). This map may be used to help MS4s to determine their eligibility for a waiver. For more information about MS4s and instructions, visit the MS4 Toolbox web page
Hudson River Tributary and Embayment Entrances
Download Proposed Herring Regulations for the Husdon River
In the river herring regulations, there are fishing restrictions for Hudson River tributaries and embayments. This file is intended to serve as a visual guide of the defined entrances.
Impaired Waterbodies Applicable to MSGP
Download Impaired Waterbodies Applicable to MSGP
This file shows the impaired waterbodies subject to additional requirements of the SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. For additional guidiance, and help answering questions 6(a) and 7 on the Notice of Intent, see the MSGP Forms and Toolbox page.
Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Facilities
Download MSGP Facilities
View MSGP Facilities in Google Maps
This is a map of facilities permitted under the SPDES (State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) MSGP (Multi-Sector General Permit) for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity and facilities that have a Conditional Exclusion for No Exposure. For more information see our Multi-Sector General SW Permit page.
New York State Dams Inventory
Download New York State Dams Inventory file for Google Earth
The Inventory of Dams contains the locations of dams in New York State and provides information about the condition and characteristics of each dam. Any corrections should be submitted to Dam Safety with supporting information.
Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators
Download Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators file for Google Earth
View Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators in Google Maps
Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (NWCO) are licensed by NYSDEC to handle and remove most nuisance or damaging wildlife in and around your property. If you have a nuisance or damaging wildlife problem, contact a NWCO near you. Note that NWCO's are private businesses that charge a fee for their services.
Potential Environmental Justice Areas
Download Potential Environmental Justice Areas file for Google Earth
This file identifies census block groups that qualify as Potential Environmental Justice Areas (PEJAs) based on having met one or more of the NYS DEC criteria in the 2000 U.S. Census.
Priority Waterbodies List (PWL)
Download Priorities Waterbody List file for Google Earth
The Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List is a statewide inventory of NYS waterbodies which characterizes water quality and the waterbody uses supported, identifies water quality problems, pollutants, and sources, and provides information about restoration and protection activities for each individual waterbody. For more information, visit the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List web page.
Priorities Waterbody List (PWL) Applicable to Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4s)
Download Priorities Waterbody List Applicable to Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems file for Google Earth
This file shows the impaired waterbodies that are applicable to the waiver eligibility criteria for Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4s). Owner/operators may use this reference tool to determine if their MS4 discharges into an impaired waterbody listed on the Priorities Waterbody List (PWL) in order to make a determination about waiver eligibility. For more information, visit our MS4 program and MS4 Toolbox pages.
Significant Natural Communities: Long Island & NYC
Download Significant Natural Communities of Long Island and NYC file for Google Earth
Rare or high-quality natural communities (forests, wetlands, grasslands, lakes, streams, and other habitats and ecosystems) documented by the New York Natural Heritage Program in Long Island and New York City (DEC Regions 1 & 2).
Significant Natural Communities: Eastern New York
Download Significant Natural Communities of Eastern New York file for Google Earth
Rare or high-quality natural communities (forests, wetlands, grasslands, lakes, streams, and other habitats and ecosystems) documented by the New York Natural Heritage Program in Eastern New York State (DEC Regions 3 & 4).
Significant Natural Communities: Northern New York
Download Significant Natural Communities of Northern New York file for Google Earth
Rare or high-quality natural communities (forests, wetlands, grasslands, lakes, streams, and other habitats and ecosystems) documented by the New York Natural Heritage Program in Northern New York State (DEC Regions 5 & 6).
Significant Natural Communities: Western & Central New York
Download Significant Natural Communities of Western and Central New York file for Google Earth
Rare or high-quality natural communities (forests, wetlands, grasslands, lakes, streams, and other habitats and ecosystems) documented by the New York Natural Heritage Program in Western and Central New York State (DEC Regions 7, 8, & 9)
Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) Project
View W.A.V.E. data in Google Maps
Data collected in 2012 and 2013 by the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. WAVE a citizen-based water quality assessment program developed to enable citizen scientists to collect biological data for water quality on wadeable streams in NY State
Water Wells
Waterwell information for Google Earth
Locations and attributes for water wells in New York State. This information has been collected by DEC since April 2000 as required by law.
Water Withdrawals
Water Withdrawl information for Google Earth
Locations and attributes for water withdrawal facilities in New York State. Data regarding water withdrawals has been collected since 1990. The laws has since been expanded to require a DEC permit and annual usage reporting for all facilities using water for any purpose and having the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons or more per day of surface or groundwater.
Forest Health Aerial Survey
Data Set Google Earth Description
Region 1 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 1
This file contains the 2011 Forest Health Aerial Survey(s) for DEC Region 1 (Long Island). These include aerial observations of general forest health and other forest health-related information conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service.
Region 3 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 3
As above, but covering DEC Region 3 (Lower Hudson Valley).
Region 4 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 4
As above, but covering DEC Region 4 (Capital Region/Northern Catskills).
Region 5 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 5
As above, but covering DEC Region 5 (Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain).
Region 6 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 6
As above, but covering DEC Region 6 (Western Adirondacks/Eastern Ontario).
Region 7 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 7
As above, but covering DEC Region 7 (Central New York).
Region 8 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 8
As above, but covering DEC Region 8 (Western Finger Lakes).
Region 9 Flights
Download the Google Earth file for the Forest Health Survey for Region 9
As above, but covering DEC Region 9 (Western New York).



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