A forester is a specialist with advanced education, using his or her abilities and knowledge of forestry and natural sciences to provide professional forestry services to private individuals, corporate and government entities. Whatever your goals are for your woodlot, a professional forester can help. A forester can provide you with the technical expertise to help with a variety of services including improving conducting a timber sale, creating forest trails, creating wildlife habitat, or planting trees. The type of forester you should choose will depend on the type of service and complexity of the service you are interested in.
DEC Foresters - Located throughout the state, DEC foresters are available upon request, depending on availability to help landowners get started managing their land by creating a basic stewardship plan and providing technical assistance at no cost.
Consulting and Industrial Foresters- Independent individuals and small businesses provide a wide array of forestry services to landowners. The DEC Cooperating Forester Program provides a list of consulting and industrial foresters who can help you meet your forestry goals. These foresters charge a fee and are able to provide a wide array of forestry services that complement the free service provided by DEC foresters.
Visit the Find a Forester page for more information.
Master Forest Owner Program
- Purpose: The New York Master Forester Owner (MFO) program, with over 200 volunteers, is coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The goal of the program is to provide private, nonindustrial woodlot owners with the information and encouragement necessary to manage their woodlot holdings wisely.
- Activities: Volunteers arrange free, half-day woodlot visits to discuss sources of information and assistance. Contact: website: www.cornellmfo.info, for a visit or to become an MFO, please contact the Regional Director for your county.
- Regional Directors:
- Brett Chedzoy, [email protected], 607-535-7161; Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins
- Kristina Ferrare, [email protected], 315-424-9485; Cayuga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence
- Ron Frisbee, [email protected], 518-622-9820; Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
- Laurel Gailor, [email protected], 518-885-8995; Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington
- Emily Staychock, [email protected], 315-536-5123; Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
- Learn more about the Master Owner Forest Program by visiting their website.
Cornell Cooperative Extension County Offices
- A complete list of the CCE County Offices and the programs they administer can also be found on their website.
William Rice Jr. Ext. Ctr., 24 Martin Rd, Voorheesville, New York 12186
5435A County Road 48, Belmont, New York 14813
840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, New York 13905-1500
28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, New York 14731
248 Grant Avenue, Suite I, Auburn, New York 13021-1495
3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, New York 14701-9608
|Chemung||425 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 107||607-734-4453|
99 North Broad Street, Norwich, New York 13815-1386
6064 Route 22, Suite 5, Plattsburgh, New York 12901-9601
|Columbia and Greene||
6055 Route 23, Acra, New York 12405
60 Central Avenue, Room 140, Cortland, New York 13045
34570 State Hwy 10 Suite 2, Hamden, New York 13782
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, New York 12545
21 S. Grove St., East Aurora, New York 14052
3 Sisco St., PO Box 388, Westport, New York 12993
355 West Main Street, Suite 150, Malone, New York 12953
|Fulton and Montgomery||
20 Park Street, Room 202, Fonda, New York 12068
420 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020
1722 State Rt. 8, P.O. Box 7, Room 20, Piseco Common School, Piseco, New York 12139
5657 State Route 5, Herkimer, New York 13350
203 North Hamilton Street, Watertown, New York 13601
5274 Outer Stowe Street, Lowville, New York 13367
3 Murray Hill Dr., Mt Morris, New York 14510
P.O. Box 1209, 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, New York 13408-1209
2449 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, New York 14617
5 Old Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, New York 11753
|New York City||
40 E. 34th Street (or 183 Madison Avenue), Suite 606, New York, New York 10016
4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, New York 14094-1139
121 Second St, Oriskany, New York 13424
The Atrium, Suite 170, 100 South Salina St, Syracuse, New York 13202
480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York 14424
18 Seward Avenue, Suite 300, Middletown, New York 10940
12690 State Route 31, Albion, New York 14411
3288 Main Street, Mexico, New York 13114
|Putnam||Terravest Corporate Park, 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509||845-278-6738|
61 State Street, Troy, New York 12180
10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point, New York 10980
2043B State Highway 68, Canton, New York 13617
50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, New York 12020
107 Nott Terrace, Suite 301, Schenectady, New York 12308-3170
|Schoharie and Otsego||
173 South Grand Street, Suite 1, Cobleskill, New York 12043-4649
|Schoharie and Otsego||
123 Lake Street, Cooperstown, New York 13326
323 Owego St Unit #5, Montour Falls, New York 14865
308 Main Street Shop Centre, Waterloo, New York 13165-1455
3 East Pulteney Square, Bath, New York 14810-1557
423 Griffing Avenue, Suite 100, Riverhead, New York 11901
64 Ferndale Loomis Rd, Liberty, New York 12754
56 Main St., Owego, New York 13827
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, New York 14850-3555
232 Plaza Road, Kingston, New York 12401-2928
377 Schroon River Rd., Warrensburg, New York 12885
415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, New York 12839
1581 Route 88 North, Newark, New York 14513
3 West Main Street, Suite 112, Elmsford, New York 10523-2414
36 Center Street, Suite B, Warsaw, New York 14569
417 Liberty Street, Suite 1024, Penn Yan, New York 14527-1130
Purpose: To foster public awareness and appreciation for forest stewardship and the contribution forests make to the enhancement of rural and urban environments; to encourage the highest attainable level of management of forestland to meet landowner goals; to improve contact between landowners, professional foresters, and timber harvesters; to protect and manage, in a manner that best serves the well-being of the people, both the human and forest resources on public lands placed under the jurisdiction of the Division; and to highlight the obligations incumbent upon the stewards and users of New York forestlands.
Activities: In accordance with the New York Cooperative Forest Management Act, State Service Foresters will provide on-site assistance with forest management (advice and planning), establishment of forest plantations, care of immature stands, and, provide advice on the marketing of timber products. The DEC sponsors the NYS Cooperating Forester Program (private foresters can provide extensive individual services, adhere to the NYS forestry best management practices (BMP), and adhere to the Society of American Foresters Code of Ethics) and the NYS Cooperating Timber Harvester Program.
Visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation website to learn more.
Contact: Bureau of Private Land Services - Central Offi ce, Albany, 518-457-7370, Regional offices listed below
DEC Regional Forestry Offices
|3||Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester||845-256-3000|
|4||Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Schenectady 518-357-2355 Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie||518-357-2355; 607-652-7365|
|5||Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Washington, Warren||518-897-1276|
|6||Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence||315-785-2239|
|7||Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, Tompkins||315-426-7400|
|8||Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates||585-226-2466|
|9||Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Wyoming||716-851-7200|
Purpose: Soil and Water Conservation Districts are special purpose districts created and authorized under state law to develop and carry out a program of soil, water, and related natural resource conservation programs. There are 58 SWCDs in New York - one in each county, including the five boroughs of New York City.
Activities: SWCDs provide technical assistance to residents, landowners and units of government on soil and water related issues. They also coordinate and provide access to a number of federal, state and where applicable, local conservation programs. Woodland services provided by individual districts vary depending on local needs. Some districts offer services in woodland management in cooperation with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, especially in the area of erosion control during timber harvesting operations.
Visit the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Soil and Water Conservation website to learn more.
|Albany||PO Box 497, 24 Martin Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186||(518) 765-7923|
|Allegany||5390 County Rd. 48, Lot A, Belmont, NY 14813||(585) 268-5840|
|Broome||1163 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905||(607) 724-9268 ext. 5|
|Cattaraugus||PO Box 1765, 8 Martha St., Suite 2, Ellicottville, NY 14731||(716) 699-2326|
|Cayuga||7413 County House Road, Auburn, NY 13021||(315) 252-4171|
|Chautauqua||220 Fluvanna Ave., Suite 600, Jamestown, NY 14701||(716) 664-2351|
|Chemung||851 Chemung St., Horseheads, NY 14845||(607) 739-2009|
|Chenango||99 North Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815-1388||(607) 334-8634 ext. 3|
|Clinton||6064 Route22, Suite 1, Plattsburgh, NY 12901||(518) 561-4616 ext. 3|
|Columbia||1024 Route 66, Ghent, NY 12075-3200||(518) 828-4386 ext. 5|
|Cortland||100 Grange Place, Room 202, Cortland, NY 13045||(607) 756-5991 ext. 3|
|Delaware||44 West Street, Suite 1, Walton, NY 13856||(607) 865-7161|
|Dutchess||2715 Route 44, Suite 3, Millbrook, NY 12545||(845) 677-8011 ext. 3|
|Erie||50 Commerce Way, East Aurora, NY 14052-2185||(716) 652-8480 ext. 5|
|Essex||PO Box 407, 3 Sisco Street, Westport, NY 12993||(518) 962-8225|
|Franklin||151 Finney Blvd., Malone, NY 12953-9622||(518) 483-2850|
|Fulton||113 Hales Mills Road Ext., Johnstown, NY 12095-9742||(518) 762-0077|
|Genesee||29 Liberty St., Suite #3, Batavia, NY 14020||(585) 343-2362|
|Greene||907 County Office Bldg., Cairo, NY 12413-2868||(518) 622-3620|
|Hamilton||PO Box 166, 103 County View Dr., Lake Pleasant, NY 12108-0166||(518) 548-3991|
|Herkimer||5653 State Route 5, Herkimer, NY 13350||(315) 866-2520 ext. 5|
|Jefferson||PO Box 139, 21168 NYS Rt. 232, Watertown, NY 13601||(315) 782-2749|
|Lewis||5274 Outer Stowe St., Suite 1, Lowville, New York 13367||(315) 376-6122|
|Livingston||11 Megan Drive, Suite 2, Geneseo, NY 14454||(585) 243-0043|
|Madison||6503 Wes Rd., Hamilton, NY 13346||(315) 824-9849|
|Monroe||145 Paul Rd., Bldg. 5, Rochester, NY 14624||(585) 753-7380|
|Montgomery||4001 St. Hwy. 5S, Fultonville, NY 12072-1721||(518) 853-4015|
|Nassau||1864 Muttontown Road, Syosset, NY 11791||(516) 364-5860|
|New York City||121 Sixth Ave., Suite 501, New York, NY 10013||(212) 431-9676|
|Niagara||4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094||(716) 434-4949 ext. 4|
|Oneida||121 Second St., Room E 204, Oriskany, NY 13424||(315) 736-3334|
|Onondaga||6680 Onondaga Lk. Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088||(315) 457-0325|
|Ontario||480 North Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424||(585) 396-1450|
|Orange||225 Dolson Avenue, Suite 103, Middletown, NY 10940||(845) 343-1873|
|Orleans||446 West Avenue, Albion, NY 14411-1589||(585) 589-5959|
|Oswego||3105 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069||(315) 592-9663|
|Otsego||967 County Hwy 33, Cooperstown, NY 13326||(607) 547-8337 ext. 4|
|Putnam||841 Fair Street, Carmel, NY 10512||(845) 878-7918|
|Rensselaer||61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180-3496||(518) 271-1740|
|Rockland||50 Sanitorium Rd. Bldg. K, Pomona, NY 10970||(845) 364-2670|
|St. Lawrence||1942 Old DeKalb Rd.,Canton, NY 13617-3134||(315) 386-3582|
|Saratoga||50 West High St., Bldg. 5, Ballston Spa, NY 12020||(518) 885-6900 ext. 3|
|Schenectady||24 Hetcheltown Road, Glenville, NY 12302||(518) 399-6980|
|Schoharie||173 South Grand St., Suite 3, Cobleskill, NY 12043||(518) 823-4535|
|Schuyler||2400 Meads Hill Rd., Watkins Glen, NY 14891||(607) 535-0878|
|Seneca||2041 US Route 20, Suite 2, Seneca Falls, NY 13148||(315) 568-4366 Ext. 4|
|Steuben||415 West Morris Street, Bath, NY 14810||(607) 776-7398 Ext. 3|
|Suffolk||423 Griffing Ave., Suite 110, Riverhead, NY 11901||(631) 852-3285|
|Sullivan||64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY 12754||(845) 292-6552 ext. 101|
|Tioga||183 Corporate Drive, Owego, NY 13827||(607) 687-3553|
|Tompkins||170 Bostwick Road, Ithaca, NY 14850||(607) 257-2340|
|Ulster||5 Park Lane, Highland, NY 12528||(845) 883-7162 ext. 5|
|Warren||394 Schroon River Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885||(518) 623-3119|
|Washington||2530 State Route 40, Greenwich, NY 12834-9627||(518) 692-9940 ext. 3|
|Wayne||7312 Route 31, Lyons, NY 14489||(315) 946-7200|
|Westchester||148 Martine Ave., Room 432, White Plains, NY 10601-4704||(914) 995-4423|
|Wyoming||36 Center Street, Warsaw, NY 14569||(585) 786-5070|
|Yates||417 Liberty St., Suite 1034, Penn Yan, NY 14527||(315) 536-5188|
Purpose: To provide comprehensive and timely public service programs on environmental science and forestry, involving research, instruction, and public information activities.
Activities: The College offers curricula leading to various professional degrees, such as forestry, environmental and forest biology, wood products, and forest technology. The College communicates environmental and forestry knowledge to a variety of off-campus clientele, including forest-related businesses, industries, and landowners through its public service programs. These programs include continuing education, conferences, and extension. A number of forestry publications and films are also available upon request.
Visit the SUNY ESF website to learn more.
Contact: (315) 470-6600
Purpose: To administer several national programs which involve forest management such as the Agricultural Conservation Program (ACP), the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and the Forestry Incentives Program (FIP). The Stewardship Incentives Program (SIP) is administered by the DEC Division of Lands & Forests for the Forest Service and assistance is provided by FSA.
Activities: Forest owners who meet eligibility requirements of various programs may be reimbursed for costs incurred in select forest management practices such as planting trees, wildlife management, improving stands by thinning, and preparing sites for natural regeneration.
Visit the USDA Farm Service Agency website to learn more.
State Contact: USDA FSA. 441 S. Salina St., Suite 356, Syracuse, NY 13202, phone: 315-477-6300
Purpose: To manage national forests and grasslands through an ecosystem management approach that integrates ecological integrity with sustainable forestry and agriculture. The forests are managed for appropriate uses including grazing, timber, wildlife, outdoor recreation, and watershed protection. Additional goals are: to conduct research in the entire field of forestry and wild land management; to encourage conservation education programs; and to cooperate with the state and private landowners in the application of sound management practices.
Activities: Through State and private forestry programs, and regional Forest Experiment Stations, the Forest Service develops and distributes general and technical forest information publications. In addition, regional personnel often give presentations at professional and educational seminars. The Finger Lakes National Forest in Schuyler & Seneca Counties is the only National Forest in the state of New York. The Forest is open to the public for a variety of outdoor recreation activities and sponsors environmental education programs for local schools and youth groups. Limited timber, firewood harvesting permits, and grazing rights are issued.
Visit the USDA Forest Service website to learn more.
Contact: Technical forest information publications, contact the State and Private Forestry Program, USDA Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry, P.O. Box 96090, Washington D.C., 20090, phone: 202-205-1389
Purpose: To take a comprehensive approach to conservation planning and provide individuals and communities with technical advice and assistance to solve natural resource challenges on the nation’s private lands- -reducing soil erosion, improving soil health, protecting water quality and supply, conserving wetlands, and providing fish and wildlife habitat.
Activities: NRCS foresters prepare guides, specifications, and information sheets on forest soil conservation, and train field staff in applying practices with complete conservation plans. The NRCS works closely with the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (located at most NRCS offices) which in some cases offer technical forest management services under the direction of NYS DEC foresters. NRCS also administers a Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program; six RC&D’s in New York have active forestry committees which promote the development of the state’s forest resources.
Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to learn more.