Working Forests

The Oregon Forest Practices Act governs forestry work on non-federal lands. The person responsible for the forestry work must notify ODF. The person must file a Notification of Operation or Permit to Use Fire or Power Driven Machinery before starting the work.

  • File notifications at least 15 days before starting the operation 
  • Get a permit for operations that use fire or power driven machinery

The responsible person – such as a forest landowner, timber owner, or operator – can file a notification online. 

The system: 

  • Notifies the State Forester about the forest operation 
  • Applies for a permit to operate power driven machinery or use fire 
  • Notifies the State Forester and Department of Revenue about the intent to harvest timber

File a Notification​ 


Subscribe to E-Notification

Anyone can subscribe to receive copies of notifications and updates. People who want information about plans for forestry work or to submit official comments about the plans can use the subscriber service. Subscriptions last through December 31 and can be easily renewed. No fees apply when using the online service.
To subscribe online:
  • Register
  • Pick an area and activities
  • Receive email alerts and view notifications, related maps, and written plans
  • Send comments within 14 days of a filed notification with a written plan

Subscribe

To receive a paper subscription, follow these steps:
  • Complete the subscription application​
  • Enclose a check or money order for the total amount, payable to the State Forester 
  • Mail or deliver the forms and payment to your local ODF office​
  • Receive notifications by mail
  • Send comments within 14 days of a filed notification with a written plan