In recognition of the importance of forests to the health and well being of society, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced a contest to Celebrate New York’s Forests. The contest is designed to increase awareness of and appreciation for all types of forests, urban and rural, large and small, public and privately owned, across the state.

“The value of our forests cannot be underestimated,” said Commissioner Joe Martens. “In addition to providing clean air, clean water and places for wildlife to live, thousands of people are employed in the forest products, outdoor recreation and tourism industries, thanks to New York’s wealth of forest.”

In the 19th century conservationists recognized the importance of nature as a refuge from the noise and bustle of city life.  Modern technological has disconnected many people from the outdoors.  Virtual pastimes now rival natural, outdoor activities.  Taking and sharing pictures is one of the most popular activities in this country. Through this contest, New Yorkers are encouraged to reconnect with the natural world.

“Since the year 2011was declared the International Year of Forests, this is the perfect opportunity to kick off a photography contest that shows off how beautiful, versatile and important New York’s incredible forests are,” said DEC’s State Forester, Robert K. Davies.

Submitted photos should capture all aspects of forests and trees in five different categories:

  • Nature (wildlife, plants, natural landscapes, etc.)
  • Enjoying the forest (hunting, fishing, trails, camping, hiking, etc.)
  • Trees where we live (parks, streets, yards, etc.)
  • Forest products (maple syrup, lumber, baseball bats, furniture, etc.)
  • State-owned Forests (State Forests, Forest Preserve lands, forested Wildlife Management Areas, Campgrounds)

Contest details, rules and necessary forms can be found on DEC’s website


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