Whitney Forman-Cook, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, wcforman@syr.edu (Presenter)
Robert Malmsheimer, SUNY-ESF, rwmalmsh@esf.edu
Rene Germain, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, rhgermai@esf.edu


In New York State (NYS), forest-related town ordinances often include provisions that increase the costs, both in time and capital, associated with forest management. These ordinances are generally difficult to locate and vary considerably in intent and severity. Most importantly, they may limit site-specific and innovative forest management. This presentation will compare the characteristics and location of NYS tree-cutting and forestry town ordinances from 1995 to 2012. The characteristic analysis details the types of NYS forestry ordinances in existence from 1995 and 2012 according to their intent and their individual provisions. The spatial analysis uses GIS maps to illustrate patterns in ordinance distribution, including the prevalence of particular types of ordinances. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive trend analysis of NYS town ordinances. This trend is important because it is not limited to NYS. Instead, research indicates a growing trend in local forestry regulation throughout the country. Understanding the spatial and characteristic provisions of forest-related ordinances will provide attendees with information on how these local ordinances proliferate and how their provisions affect forest management.