8. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
(Partial update 2002)
Albany, NY 12233
Web site: www.dec.state.ny.us
Erin Crotty, Commissioner
Frank Dunstan, Deputy Commissioner, Lands and Forests
Open Space Plan contact: Francis Sheehan (518) 402-9417
DEC combines the powers of environmental regulation and government land acquisition for environmental purposes. In addition to Forest Preserve lands in the Catskills, and vast areas of other DEC-owned lands, the DEC owns approximately one-half of the six million acres of land within the Adirondack Blue Line, and, under Governor George E. Pataki's administration beginning in 1995, has acquired more than 394,000 additional acres, according to his press announcement in September 2002. Under the "forever wild" clause, Article 14 of the New York State Constitution, these lands, known as the Adirondack State Forest Preserve, are to be kept in a natural, or "wild" condition forever.
See PRFA web site prfamerica.org for comments on new DEC Open Space Conservation Plan (the latest land acquisition plan), discussions of numerous unjustified acquisitions of large tracts of private land, and numerous articles exposing DEC's infringement on private property rights.
New Land Acquisition Plan
On September 17, 2002, Governor Pataki released the 2002 Open Space Conservation Plan, calling for acquiring an additional million acres of land for environmental and park purposes, mainly under DEC auspices, but also including the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation.
The full plan is posted on the DEC website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/osp/toc2002.html and can be obtained from:
Open Space Conservation Plan
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4250