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Publications, Forms, Maps


Most of DEC's publications are produced as online-only documents, and are not available in a traditional, printed form. You will find them throughout this website when you look up the topic you are interested in. The Conservationist, a bimonthly magazine, is packed with informative and entertaining articles, first-rate photography and stunning artwork covering a broad range of environmental and natural history related topics.

  • Conservationist - DEC's full-color, award-winning magazine covers a broad range of environmental and outdoor topics. Six issues published per year and are also available online.
  • Conservationist for Kids - A companion to Conservationist offers information and activities to encourage kids to enjoy the outdoors. It is aimed at a 4th grade level and is also available online.
  • Color brochures and posters of wildlife originally published in the Conservationist.

If you cannot find a publication, e-mail us at, or call 518-402-8013.

A girl in a red and yellow jacket snowshoeing
Outdoor Discovery monthly
emails keep you informed
about fun family activities
all year.

Online Newsletters

To sign up to receive any of DEC's email newsletters, subscribe to DEC Delivers. Enter your email and submit the required information on the "New Subscriber" page. This will take you to the "Quick Subscription" page where you will see a list of all the topics that you can receive email updates on from DEC. Check the box next to the topics you are interested in. You will receive a welcome email confirming your subscription choices.


The majority of DEC's forms are available on our Forms page and are organized by topic.

Grant application forms can be found on the Grant Applications page.

If you cannot find a form, contact the division that issued the form or send us an email.

A person hiking on a trail through the woods with flowering groundcovers
Georeferenced PDF maps use
GPS data to keep you on the trail.


More about Publications, Forms, Maps:

  • Maps - Maps and interactive mapping applications currently available online from NYSDEC
  • Forms - Forms that are available online from NYSDEC programs
  • Grant Applications - For NYSDEC grants to municipalities, community organizations and not-for-profits