“FERNS” (Forest Activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System) is an online notification system managed by ODF to alert the public of forestry events occurring on private or state land. You can subscribe to be notified of any spray operations happening near you by creating an account and subscription on the FERNS website, which will provide you with information on who/what/where is being sprayed, and give you an opportunity to comment on the operations and contact the project administrator or ODF Stewardship forester. Once you register, you can specify an area of interest (e.g. your home) and activity. For any spray activity check the box next to “Chemical” (there is no way to specify aerial spray); you can also be notified of other operations such as road work and harvest (a clear-cut harvest is generally sprayed within a year of harvest, so knowing about one can give you an earlier heads-up to start talking to owners and operators!). Foresters must file 15 days before beginning an operation (although exemptions are not uncommon), and you have 15 days to submit a comment on the planned activity.

Help with subscribing to FERNS

The tutorial below will walk you through how to register and use the online system. You can contact ODF for assistance at forestryinformation@oregon.gov or 503-945-7200. Connect with one of the local organizations to ask questions about using FERNS or find out about FERNS workshops you can attend, or for specific help with registering or using FERNS you can contact your Oregon Department of Forestry Stewardship Forester.

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