The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news release today.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAJOR MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
September 26, 2014
Lena Tucker, (503) 945-7529, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Hennemann, (503) 910-4311, email@example.com
Efficient Forestry – Notifications to be filed online starting Oct. 1
Forestry professionals are not only logging, but will now log-in before doing forestry work. In August 2013, the Oregon Department of Forestry began developing a Notification of Forest Operations process with a simple 21st century solution: E-Notification. Starting Oct. 1, E-Notification will occur through the Forest activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System (FERNS), accessible through the Department’s main web page at www.oregon.gov/odf
A team developed the site using an agile approach, testing each piece while the developers created the next one.
“E-Notification is really an agile development success story,” said Peter Daugherty, the department’s Private Forests Division chief. “Rather than waiting until the site was finished and walking away with a product that might work, we got to test it the whole way through to find and fix problems and ensure a functioning system.”
Lena Tucker, the deputy division chief who led the development team, said, “We tested it. We tried to break the system every way we could imagine and have the developer fix it. But, like any system, we know we’ll still have updates and fixes to refine this tool. We’re already working on release 2 and eyeing future releases.”
E-Notification gives everyone in forestry flexibility and efficiency when submitting legally required Notifications of Operations. Starting Oct. 1, anyone filing a Notification for Operation and Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery will be able to use the new online system. Landowners, the public, forest industry, and the Department developed e-Notification system goals to:
- increase efficiency
- streamline communications, and
- simplify the process.
21st Century Business
E-mailing, e-filing, and e-Notifying match today’s business and regulatory needs and speeds for information. The Department of Forestry continues investing significant resources to meet these demands.
Currently, landowners, timber owners, and operators file a paper notification. Department staff then manually enter the information into an electronic system. Finally, the notifier receives a printed copy by mail. With e-Notification, notifiers will submit notifications anywhere they have internet access and quickly receive an email with a copy of their completed notification.
Private Forest Division Chief Peter Daugherty explained, “Administratively, we’re simply matching current technology. The principles stay the same – communicate, protect people and the environment, and allow productive forest management. It’s just the tools that have changed.”
- E-Notification will reduce redundancy. Someone who files notifications annually can set up an account, and then will need to enter only the site-specific details for the next notification.
- Notifiers can copy older notifications electronically to update or add operation activities for the next year.
- Instead of checking boxes on a paper form for the township, range and section of the operation, notifiers can locate their property on a digital map and draw their unit boundary.
- Notifiers who have their own GIS systems will be able to import their technical files from their system into the E-Notification.
Anyone who submits a Notification for Operation or Application Permit for Power Driven Machinery (notifiers).
E-Notification – the 21st Century notification system requiring the same information as before but now it’s exclusively online.
October 1, 2014 all notifiers will use e-Notification to submit Notifications.
On-line by accessing e-Notification on the ODF website (www.oregon.gov/odf)
Anywhere you can access the internet.
Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311