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Environmental Records

We live in it, swim in it, breathe it and drink it, so New York's environment is critically important to all of us. Concern for the conservation of natural resources and the preservation of landscapes and wildlife habitats has grown dramatically. Government agencies administer environmental laws and regulations, and businesses, communities, and individuals seek to balance environmental concerns and other needs and concerns. Organizations and groups that face this challenge have widely varying viewpoints and interests.

Environmental Records in the State Archives

The New York State Archives holds records from state agencies such as the Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  You can search our finding aids for additional information on environmental records.

View of the Niagara River at the American Falls in the winter, c. 1900