We’re stronger together.

As we’ve navigated our own community organizing efforts, we’ve developed some tools and tips that we’re sharing here to hopefully help other groups working to protect their community’s water sources. We hope the tools and information below are useful to other grassroots organizers!



The first step in community water protection is to know about sprays and logging that could effect water sources. Learn about ODF’s online notification system, how to sign up (create a subscription) and use it to find out about upcoming forestry operations, and how to renew your subscription.

What should i do when i receive a notification?

The information in a notification can be overwhelming. Click the link above for tips on what we’ve found are useful ways to respond to forestry or spray notifications.


We’ve found posting spray notifications at the post office (or other “hub” locations) is a great way to help our communities find out about spray events that could effect them or their drinking water. Click the title above to download the template, and here to download the instructions for how to use it.

Find ferns notifications on the map

If you find FERNS difficult to use, you can use this interactive map to find out information about sprays and clear cuts that are planned or occurred near your community.

tools for Community response

Water sampling: herbicides

If you are concerned about the potential of an upcoming spray impacting a stream or your water supply, you can test the water for herbicides before and after the application.


Logging in the headwaters of a stream or water source has potential to increase sedimentation downstream, especially on steep slopes. You can take samples before and after logging operations to monitor for changes in turbidity.

Guide: How to start a forest watch group

This “playbook” is a great overview of what you need to know to start a grassroots effort to protect forested watersheds in your community.

Share your story

We encourage you to share your experiences and forest operations information with your community by writing letters to the editor and opinion pieces.

If you have questions, need advice, or just want to talk with other community organizers, contact the community group closest to you!
This website was created and is maintained by volunteers from Coast Range Forest Watch and the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society, grassroots organizations on the southern Oregon coast, as part of the Spray Free Coast campaign. Feel free to contact us at
Learn about forestry effects on streamflow from OSU professor Julia Jones

Thank you for helping work towards a spray free coast.