Proposed Rockland County Agriculture District

Pursuant to the Agriculture District Law, Article 25AA of the Agricultural and Markets Law, the Rockland County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board has identified 18 separate tax parcels comprising 264.47-acres of land to establish a county-wide Agricultural District. The benefits of forming an Agricultural District include the protection of Rockland's land, water and other natural resources; support of existing agricultural enterprises in the County; creation of business opportunities for small farms and establishment of protection for agricultural owners.

Rockland County Agriculture District Proposal

NYS DEC Endorsed 4-hour Contractor Training in Erosion and Sediment Control

The NYS DEC endorsed 4-hour contractor training in erosion and sediment control is scheduled for October 3, 2019 at the RC DER, Building A, room 640, Pomona, NY 10970. This event is offered annually by the Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District. Registration forms must be completed (both NYS DEC and SWCD) and payment must be submitted to secure your seat. Registration is required, no day of registrations.

Reserve a Park

Welcome to the Rockland County Park System. To reserve a park or park facility, please check our reservation calendar to make sure that the dates you wish to book are available, then print and complete our Park Reservation form and return it with your payment to the Rockland County Department of Environmental Resources.

Reservations are first come, first served. Full payment is due in order to reserve a facility.

Protecting and Preserving Rockland's Environment

Local Law No. 19 of 1996 established the Division of Environmental Resources (DER). The DER is located within Rockland County government and serves as the "core" environmental department responsible for informing the County Executive and the County Legislature on all environmental issues. These include but are not limited to, state and federal initiatives, new programs, funding sources, concerns of residents and environmental problems within the county.
The DER includes the Environmental Management Council, Soil and Water Conservation District, Water Quality Committee, Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board and the Parks Commission.

Our goal has been two-fold: to protect Rockland's environment and to provide county residents both active and passive recreational opportunities. Park acquisitions have been attained through county funds matched with federal and state grants along with land donations, tax delinquency and partnerships with land trusts and other municipalities.

Rockland is the smallest county in New York State totaling 176 square miles. With one-third of the county preserved as parkland, 40 miles of scenic Hudson River waterfront and 600 lakes and ponds, Rockland County is a place of astounding beauty. A recent land use analysis indicated that just 3% of the remaining land area in the county remains to be developed or protected. A majority of this undeveloped land is environmentally sensitive including steep slopes or non-designated wetland areas. Preservation of these irreplaceable resources prompted the county to plan carefully, thoughtfully and cooperatively to preserve open space for the future.

County Parks & Dog Runs offer residents a variety of recreational uses as well as preservation to parts of our county's history.

Open Space Acquisition Program was introduced in 1999 to acquire areas of scenic beauty, environmentally sensitive lands, farms and Hudson River waterfront areas.

Protecting Our Streams & Waterways studies stream sites each year within the county to determine both water quality and assess any levels of impairment.

Helping the Environment encourages municipalities and residents to conserve water and to protect our exsisting water resources.

Snakes of New York
While New York is home to several species of snakes, most people will probably never see most of them. Distinguishing a venomous snake from a harmless one can be difficult. If you're in doubt, leave the snake alone. It will most likely move off in a different direction.
Please refer to information found on the NYS DEC website for further details.


Invasive Plant Species

A regulation was adopted in July 2014 that prohibits or regulates the possession, transport, importation, sale, purchase & introduction of select invasive species, a form of biological pollution. Please refer to publication found on NYS DEC website & our EMC Invasive Plant Brochure for further details.