The Section 233 Permit Program provides for archeological and paleontological research on state lands and is coordinated
by the State Museum. This program is mandated by Education Law and protects public cultural and geological resources.
Proposals for access to state lands for research purposes are reviewed and permits issued in conjunction with other state
agencies. Most applications relate to diving activities and this program provides effective protection for many recently
discovered underwater sites in New York.
Recently the Museum participated in an interagency initiative to create precedent setting submerged history diving preserves of several sunken French and Indian War vessels in Lake George. As an aspect of Education Law Section 233, staff also provide interagency consultation on the management of historic collections on State property.