Forest Operations Notification (FON)
In Maine, if you are going to have a timber harvest on your property and the harvested wood will be delivered to a mill or offered for sale, you are required in most cases to file a Forest Operations Notification (FON) with the Maine Forest Service.
Important FON Information
- People who are exempt from filing a FON include:
- The landowner is harvesting wood for personal use.
- Precommercial silvicultural activities (no forest products produced).
- Harvesting up to 2 acres in a 12 month period and harvesting is performed by the landowner.
- Removal of single trees or small groups of trees from residential yards, roadsides, and similar urban or suburban settings where the tree removal occurs on an area two acres in size or less, and is conducted for the purposes of hazard tree removal, right of way and driveway clearance, and lot clearance for the construction of residential dwelling units. This exemption applies only to land on which a person resides, or for lot clearing operations for a landowner who possesses a building permit, or where such lot clearance does not exceed the necessary construction footprint.
- CAUTION: EVEN IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE A NOTIFICATION, TREE CUTTING MAY REQUIRE A PERMIT FROM YOUR TOWN OR THE LUPC. CHECK WITH THOSE AUTHORITIES BEFORE YOU CUT.
- ALL LOCATION MAPS must clearly show the location of your proposed activity and include:
- Notification Number—the number in red on bottom-right of the notification form.
- Landowner’s name
- North arrow and key to symbols used
- Operation location in relation to the nearest named all weather road
- Enough information so the operation can be located on the ground
- All water crossings in the harvest area
- If your operation is in the service area of the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC):
you must submit a current LUPC Land Use Guidance Map. ALL LOCATION MAPS must include a key to symbols (please DO NOT use colors or pencils) and must clearly show locations of:
- The entire length of proposed truck and haul roads
- Yarding and harvesting areas
If your operation is in an organized town or municipality:
- find and download a map of that town
- for towns that have adopted Statewide Standards you need to use a Statewide Standards map of that town
- alternatively, acceptable maps are US Geological Survey topographical maps, the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, or a map of the same quality. These may be available in local sporting goods stores or municipal offices. Clear photocopies of these are acceptable.
How much area is covered by a FON?
One FON is required for each township or municipality. If you have harvest operations planned in more than one township or municipality, you must file separate FONs. Harvest operations within a township or municipality do not have to be next to each other, and more than one harvester or contractor may work an operation.
Things you might need
- Request Forest Operations Notification form(s)
- If you need to update your active FON please use the amendment form (pdf).
- If your activity is in:
- If your activity will be entering a state or state aid highway, a MaineDOT Permit By Rule for Forest Management is required .
- For more information check with one of MaineDOT Regional Offices or visit https://www.maine.gov/mdot/traffic/drivewaypermits/