1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Environmental Conservation
  4. Article 49: Protection of Natural and Man-made Beauty
  5. Title 3: Conservation Easements


Section 49-0301 Declaration of policy and statement of purpose

Environmental Conservation (ENV)

  The legislature hereby finds and declares that in order to implement the state policy of conserving, preserving and protecting its environmental assets and natural and man-made resources, the preservation of open spaces, the preservation, development and improvement of agricultural and forest lands, the preservation of areas which are significant because of their scenic or natural beauty or wetland, shoreline, geological or ecological, including old-growth forest, character, and the preservation of areas which are significant because of their historical, archaeological, architectural or cultural amenities, is fundamental to the maintenance, enhancement and improvement of recreational opportunities, tourism, community attractiveness, balanced economic growth and the quality of life in all areas of the state.