Recreation and Environment

Department of Environmental Conservation

TOP Department of Environmental Conservation
Our Mission
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New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is the regulatory agency for environmental issues in the State.

Our mission is: To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being. 

Core Services
Core Services
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  • Provide opportunities for enjoying the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking.
  • Provide permits/licenses/registrations to businesses, government agencies and individuals for activities which impact the environment.
  • Investigate environmental issues.
  • Educate people on how to better protect the environment.
Who We Serve
Who We Serve
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Our agency basically impacts the lives of every New Yorker, as well as people outside the state with our outdoor recreation tourism. We serve individual, business and government needs, as it relates to environmental regulations and policies.

Contact Information
Contact Information

dec.ny.gov

518-402-8044

625 Broadway Albany, New York 12233-0001