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New York City Watershed

The region in the Catskill Mountains and Lower Hudson areas of New York State that supplies drinking water to New York City.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Commonly referred to as "DEC," this state government agency is responsible for overseeing state-owned public lands in New York as well as regulating forestry activities. They also administer the state's Forest Tax Law Program, 480a.

Synonyms: NYS DEC, DEC
Non-commercial Harvest

A type of logging where the landowner is not receiving income. These harvests are usually done either to speed up growth on remaining trees to make them more valuable in future harvests, or for environmental objectives such as improving wildlife habitat.