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Bureau of Forest Preserve Management and Conservation Easements


Boreas Ponds in the High Peaks Wilderness

The Bureau of Forest Preserve Management and Conservation Easements is responsible for the management and administration of various programs on nearly 4 million acres of land in New York. These lands include:

  • nearly 3 million acres of publicly-owned Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park;
  • nearly 288,000 acres of publicly-owned Forest Preserve lands in the Catskill Park; and
  • over 900,000 acres of privately-owned lands throughout the state on which DEC holds conservation easements.

The following three sections oversee specific programs and responsibilities.

Forest Preserve Planning

This section oversees all of the Forest Preserve planning needs, including the unit management planning process, participation in and coordination of various regional and/or inter-agency planning efforts, and the production of maps and other GIS needs for the entire bureau. This section also oversees the development of the state-wide Forest Action Plan.

Forest Preserve Stewardship and Access

This section oversees the implementation and management of Forest Preserve facilities and public access. This also includes the review and processing of project work plans, Temporary Revocable Permits, Volunteer Stewardship Agreements, Marine Regatta Permits, and the development of accessible recreational facilities state-wide.

Conservation Easements

This section of the bureau is involved with every aspect of DEC's conservation easement program, including negotiations, acquisitions, modifications (amendments), baseline documentation, recreation management planning, and the installation and maintenance of recreational facilities within conservation easement lands.