Forest Online Resource Tool (FOResT)

For over 30 years, the Forest Operations Notification (FONS) system has been paper-based.  Landowners and managers submit paper copies to the Maine Forest Service (MFS); data is entered by hand; acknowledgment letters printed and mailed; FONS filed, etc.  Repeat the process with amendments.  Then paper copies of landowner harvest reports are sent out at the end of the year.  More paper, more data entry, more filing.  That has changed.

FONS can now be filed online using the Forest Online Resource Tool (FOResT).  Landowners, Designated Agents, Foresters, and Loggers will need to create individual accounts in FOResT to participate in harvest notifications.


Background

Forest Online Resource Tool (FOResT) is an online tool for landowners and designated agent to submit Forest Operations Notifications (FON) and associated annual Landowner Reports.


Timeline

  • Beginning January 1, 2021, FONS can be submitted online through FOResT.
  • Winter/Spring/Summer, 2021, We will continue to accept the current paper FON forms until we have completed development of an alternative method for people without computers to submit a FON.
  • Beginning October 1, 2021, FONs submitted on paper FONs with the preprinted FON #s will be rejected and people will be directed to use FOResT. In extenuating circumstances, an alternative method may be made available by contacting the Maine Forest Service office in Augusta at 207-287-2791, or by contacting your District Forester.
  • Note: All landowner reports associated with paper FONS will continue to be submitted on paper forms provided by MFS.

Things You Need to Have Before You Use FOResT

An email account

The FOResT account you will be setting up and using will be based upon your email address.

If you do not have one, there are free email services available online. Such as:


All parties on a Forest Operations Notification (FON) need to have their own user account (FOResT ID) in FOResT.

During the process of creating a FON, all parties (landowner, harvester/operator, designated agent - if listed, and licensed forester - if listed) on a FON will be added to that FON by entering their last name and their FOResT ID.

To get a FOResT ID, an account must be created in FOResT by all parties BEFORE creating a FON.

If you are the one creating the FON, you will need the name(s) and FOResT ID(s) of the other parties that will be on this FON. These are required in the Contacts section of completing a FON.

NOTE: Multiple landowners can only have one user account on a FON.


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs as of November 3, 2021 (PDF | 279 KB)


Video Resources


Public Overview and Demonstration Sessions


Frustrated or Still have questions?

You can always contact the Maine Forest Service by:


Updates to FOResT

General Updates:

  • Create Account and Summary pages are mobile friendly
  • Increased the font size of the asterisk (*) next to required information

Security:

  • Reduced password reset for a newly created account from 7 days to one day

Dashboard:

  • Ability to delete a draft FON
    • Users can remove draft notifications from their Pending FONS on their Dashboard.

Overview:

  • Additional message about creating accounts
    • A message displays that says:

      "All parties on this notification need to have FOResT User accounts before you can finish this notification.

      You will need their FOResT User ID number and the last name or company name they entered for their account so you can add them to this notification.

      Only the landowner or their designated agent can create a notification."


Activity Details:

  • Update harvesting near water question
    • The "new" question reads:
      "Will any harvesting be within a 250-foot wide regulated area adjacent to a great pond, river or regulated wetland, and/or within a 75-foot wide regulated area adjacent to a stream (including unmapped streams)"
  • Changes to Altered area question in Road Construction Activity section
    • Question now reads:
      "If the proposed land management road passes through a P-WL1 or P-WL2 wetland subdistrict, how much of these subdistricts will be altered (in sq. ft.)? (43,560 sq. ft. = 1 acre)"

Contacts:

  • Changed text on buttons to Find the...Landowner, Designated Agent, Harvester/Operator, or Forester on Contacts page
    • The buttons now say:
      • Confirm Landowner
      • Confirm Designated Agent
      • Confirm Harvester/Operator
      • Confirm Licensed Forester

Summary:

  • Update wording of wetland road construction statement.
    • The statement now reads:
      "Harvesting WILL/WILL NOT be within a 250-foot wide regulated area adjacent to a great pond, river or regulated wetland, and/or within a 75-foot wide regulated area adjacent to a stream (including unmapped streams)"
  • Reworded text associated with check box for Maine Forest Service Contacts
    • The check box reads:
      "I acknowledge this information."
    • Checked box text changed to:
      'Acknowledged'

Acknowledgement and Certify:

  • Add warning before clicking "Acknowledge and Certify" button
    • A warning displays above “Cancel” and “Acknowledge and Certify” buttons that now says:

      “Warning: once you have selected “Acknowledge and Certify this information” you might not be able to make further changes."

Account Set up:

On Create Account Page

  • Spaces at the beginning or end of a name will not be saved
  • Updated password requirement line reads:
    • Password requires 1 of the following special character (!@*_).

"Reset Password" button removed from email confirmation pop up message after clicking "Create Account" button


Confirm User Account email message has changed

  • The "Activate Account" link in Confirm User Account email is before the FOResT User ID.
  • The text size for the "Activate Account" link is also a little larger than the rest of the text in the email.

Overview:

Significant Update: Designated Agent-Licensed Forester signing for landowner

  • A Licensed Forester who identifies themselves as Designated Agent can certify a FON without a Landowner’s signature only in certain situations.

Activity Details:

Harvest Activities

Important Harvest Reminder for clearcuts >20 acres

  • If the FON indicates they are creating a clearcut >20 acres (question in Activity Details>Harvest Activities section), the following message should display in the Harvest Reminders section on the Summary Page:

Update Harvest Reminder for clearcuts >75 acres

  • Harvest Reminder message updated for a FON that indicates they will be creating a clearcuts greater than 75 acres (question in Activity Details>Harvest Activities section) to:

Road Construction Activities

Display Road Construction Questions for activities only within LUPC towns

  • The Road Construction Activity questions are only required for activities that fall within a LUPC town.

Account Set up:

    Added instructions to sign up process to check other email inbox folders once you click “Create Account”

    • The updated message now reads:

    You're almost there! An email has been sent to you from no-reply@timmonsgis.com with a link that you must use to activate your account. 

    Please check your email and follow the instructions so you can begin using FOResT.


    You should receive this email confirmation in just a few minutes.  If you do not see it in your inbox:

    • Make sure your email is not blocking message from no-reply@timmonsgis.com.
    • Also check your "spam", junk", or other folders.

Mapping:

    Put the label "Map Layers" above map layers button


Contacts:

    Removed asterisks from optional Confirm contact fields

    • The asterisks were removed from the two optional FONS contacts (Designated Agent and Licensed Foresters)

Summary:

    Significant Update: Print FONS Summary Page

    • There is now a second button on the Summary page that said "Print Summary " to allow users to print the Summary Page.
    • View How to Video

    Added statement above certification check box for map on Summary Page

    • Additional statement reads:

      This map is ADVISORY, for planning purposes only. Actual ground conditions, water body locations, and current regulations determine where and how MFS timber harvesting rules apply. Contact a MFS Forester for additional information/assistance.

    On the summary page at the bottom, updated the statement “to reopen a section, uncheck the Certified box.”

    Significant Update: Ability to upload files/amendments to"Active" FONS

    • The upload feature is at the bottom of the Summary page
    • Upon successful upload the FON status will change to "Active - Amended"
    • View How to Video

Landowner Reports:

    Significant Update: Landowner Reports can be entered at anytime

    • Removed the requirement that landowner reports can only be entered beginning December 1st.
    • Landowner or Designated Agent on a FON can enter their landowner reports any time during the calendar year.

Mapping:

    Corrected town boundary lines issues:

    • Boundary lines not displaying on map
    • Notice that mapped activity not within town when it is

General Updates:

Significant Update: Mobile Responsive

All activities in FOResT can be completed on a mobile device.

  • This includes:
    • Setting up an account
    • Creating a FON
    • Certify participation on a FON
    • Completing a landowner report

Dashboard:

    On a mobile device, links to “View” or “Delete” are displayed on the left side of each item


Overview:

    Magalloway Plt is now Magalloway Twp


Mapping:

    Adding activities to map has changed

    1. Individual buttons for mapping each activity (Harvest, Road Construction, Water Crossing) replaced with one “+ Add Activity” button (image below)
      Add Activity
    2. and then prompted to select activity to add (image below)
      options to select activity to add to map
    3. Questions about road construction and water crossing display before mapping those activities.

Summary:

    Certification Method answer now displays in Summary section if designated agent is a licensed forester.


Acknowledgement and Certify:

    Updated Certification Statement:

    • Statement for a designated agent to certify has been updated to remove the “and licensed forester” if the designated agent is not a licensed forester on the FON.

Landowner Reports:

    Updated imputed price definition

    Added mixed wood to biomass species drop down list


Create Account:

  • Added "(if applicable)" to the end of the Company name label

Contacts:

  • Entering contact last name is no longer case sensitive
  • Can now find Landowner or Harvester by company name

Summary:


Acknowledgement and Certify:

Significant Update: Send email when FON becomes active

  • Email all FON parties when FON becomes active
    • An email is sent to all parties on a FON letting them know it has become active.
      • This email also contains the FON number.