New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Forest Action Plan

Meeting the Challenges Facing New York’s Forests

New York has a long history of responding to challenges facing our important forest resources, starting with the Forest Preservation Act in 1885 and continuing through the 2009 revision of the State’s Open Space Conservation Plan.

As we learn more about the impacts of global climate change, it is increasingly clear that healthy forests are essential to our future. Our challenge is to keep our forests healthy and vigorous in the face of climate change, exurban sprawl, pests and diseases and invasive species. By improving sustainable forest management we can keep New York’s forests as forests, working for our future.


Best Management Practices

New York’s best management practices (BMPs) program is regulated at the local level, but not the state-level. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Lands and Forests.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from  NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and   NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

New York Forestry Publications

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