One of DEC's main responsibilities is to manage and protect New York State's wild animal and plant populations. To do this, DEC conserves crucial habitats and sets regulations and policies that protect plant and animal resources.
Information About Species
DEC scientists who research and manage natural resources developed most of the information presented here. Use the links at left to get general information about the main categories of animals and plants. More details about the life patterns and habitats of some popular and interesting species can be found on links from the general information pages.