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Phone numbers and email addresses for many common topics are listed below. For general information, or if you aren't sure which program or office you need to contact, you can email us at

Note: All media inquiries from reporters should be sent to the DEC press office at

In Case of Emergency

For most emergencies (other than those listed below), call 911.

If you are lost in the woods or see a forest fire, contact the Forest Rangers:

  • 1-833-NYS-RANGERS (1-833-697-7264)

Report an Environmental Problem

To report non-emergency violations of environmental law or natural occurrences, contact an Environmental Conservation Officer.

Popular Hotlines and Points of Contact

Outdoors & Recreation

Name Phone Number Email
Sporting License Sales - Purchase a hunting or fishing license by phone, online or in-person at a license issuing agent. 1-866-933-2257 n/a
Sporting License Office - M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(for issues with hunting and fishing licenses)
Hunter Education (for class and certificate information;
24-hour voice mail)
1-888-HuntEd2 (1-888-486-8332)
Camping Reservations
(or visit Reserve America for online reservations)
1-800-456-CAMP (1-800-456-2267)
Teletype (TTY): 1-800-304-1265
Conservationist Magazine
(Subscriptions, M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Bureau of Wildlife (for wildlife questions; or check the statewide office directory for your local wildlife office) 518-402-8883
Giant Hogweed 845-256-3111
Special Licenses 518-402-8985
Injured wildlife - Use this link to find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator near you. n/a n/a
Nuisance wildlife - Use this link to find a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator near you.

Note that these are businesses who would charge a fee for the service.
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Public Information

Name Phone Number Email
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
(request copies of many of the Department's files & records)
Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) 518-402-9165
Access for Persons with Disabilities 518-402-9295


Name Phone Number Email
ECO Hotline (24-hour, toll-free hotline for reporting
environmental violations)
(for non-urgent violations)
Spill Hotline (24-hour, toll-free hotline for reporting
oil or chemical spills)
1-800-457-7362 (within NY State)
(518) 457-7362 (outside NY State)
Inspector General Hotline (leaves DEC website)
(24-hour, toll-free hotline for filing complaints)
1-800-DO RIGHT
National Response Center (leaves DEC website)
(for federal reporting of chemical or oil spills)
1-800-424-8802 n/a
Office of Internal Investigations (for complaints regarding
DEC employees

Permits & Regulations

Name Phone Number Email
Pesticide Applicator License 518-402-8748
NYS Water Well Driller program 1-877-472-2619
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Permits (listing of DEC program contacts) n/a n/a

Environmental Quality

Name Phone Number Email
Air Quality Hotline (24-hour service for air pollution warnings,
especially during ozone season - April to September)
Radon Testing (through NYS Department of Health;
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.)

When to Call an ECO and When to Call a Forest Ranger

Both Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers protect New York's natural resources and people. Environmental Conservation Officers enforce New York's Environmental Conservation Laws, including those relating to environmental quality, hunting, fishing and trapping and protection of natural resources. Forest Rangers organize and conduct wildland search and rescue missions, prevent and suppress forest fires and act as stewards of public lands.

DEC Program and Regional Contact Directories

Note that individual employee phone numbers and email addresses are not published on this website.

If you are having trouble finding a person to help you, you can contact DEC's Bureau of Public Outreach at or 518-402-8044.

Get in touch with us by mail at:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-0001

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