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.


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.


  • 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 an account 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs as of June 24, 2021 (PDF | 253 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


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


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


  • 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)"


  • 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


  • 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:

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.


Signficiant 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.