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PDF Files

DEC is committed to using HTML format for guidance, for the ENB, and for other information required by statute to be made public. In general, we will use PDF format only for long documents such as manuals and reports, for forms, and for documents which cannot be made available electronically unless scanned. Longer PDF documents will have a Table of Contents posted in HTML. When we use PDFs, we try to improve their usability through the use of bookmarks and links.

Adobe Reader

We recommend that you use the latest version of Adobe Reader as some of our PDF documents may not open properly with older Adobe Reader versions. It can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe Reader download page (leaves DEC's website) . Many other free readers are also available for download.

PDF Forms

Some pages on this web site contain PDF forms and some of these must be printed and filled out manually, while others have interactive features added so that they can be filled out electronically. Depending on what browser you use and its settings, results of filling out forms from within the browser can vary. Therefore, when filling out forms electronically, it is recommended that you download the form, save it to your computer, and open it up with the latest version of the Adobe Reader.


DEC is committed to providing a web site that is highly accessible to all individuals, regardless of special needs. We will minimize the use of PDF documents, particularly for our core content and documents of legal significance. Where PDFs are used, contact information will be available where an alternative electronic or print version of the document may be obtained.

Information for Vendors to DEC

DEC has prepared extensive guidelines (PDF) covering the preparation of accessible PDFs for use on the DEC website. Please note that all questions or concerns should be addressed directly to your DEC contact. Your contact will have access to additional resources provided to staff. In addition to the provided guidelines, DEC has made available a brief training video on how to remediate PDFs for accessibility (leaves DEC website).

Please note that the Department of Environmental Conservation cannot advise you on how to install or run any particular software, and cannot provide technical assistance with the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please contact Adobe directly if you encounter any difficulty using their products.

October 2023 Spanish Conservationist (PDF)