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NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board

The NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) was established by law to make recommendations to state agencies on state government plans, policies and programs affecting fish and wildlife.

CFAB consults with and advises DEC about expenditure of Conservation Fund monies and ways to increase revenue to this fund. For more information, visit: www.dec.ny.gov/

Supporting New York’s Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources

Revenue from fishing and hunting license fees, federal funds and other resources is used to accomplish efforts to conserve, manage and protect New York State’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; inform and educate the public; and provide opportunities for people to use and appreciate these resources.

In 2016, DEC opened new universally accessible fishing piers and hand carry launches on Esopus Creek in Ulster County and Looking Glass Pond in Schoharie County. The refurbishment of the Dunkirk Harbor Fishing Pier in Chautauqua County was also completed and now provides access for users of all abilities to the outstanding fishing found in this area of Lake Erie.

Getting You On The Water

In 2017, DEC developed a new boat launch on Meacham Lake in Franklin County. This site replaces the former launch which did not have adequate depth for launching larger boats. The newly constructed boat launch on Sandy Pond (Lake Ontario) in Oswego County saw its first full season of use, although use was limited over the summer months by excessively high Lake Ontario water levels. A boarding dock will be added to the ramp area in 2018. The popular Thompsons Lake boat launch in Albany County was also fully refurbished. A number of angler parking areas were completed in 2017, including access to two new public fishing rights areas on Dutch Hollow Brook and Grout Brook in DEC Region 7.