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Oregon Department of Forestry offices offering public services by appointment only starting March 23 - 03/19/20

SALEM, Ore. -- In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect employees and the public, the Oregon Department of Forestry will be changing the way it provides services at its main office in Salem and field offices statewide starting Monday, March 23. Offices will remain open and can be reached by phone during regular business hours, but in-person interactions between staff and the public will be by appointment only.

ODF is committed to providing important services to Oregonians while reducing the risk of exposure for customers and employees. Because many ODF offices are not configured in a manner to allow for social distancing, this approach will help mitigate that risk without substantively affecting service delivery. We appreciate the public’s patience as we strive to continue providing important services during this unprecedented disruption to daily life.

Some services, such as filing notifications through the Forest Activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System (FERNS), can be completed online by visiting www.oregon.gov/odf and clicking “E-Notification.” For services that require interaction with an ODF office, staff will try to help by phone. If in-person discussion or assistance is necessary, please set up an appointment by calling your local office.  A map of local offices can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/AboutODF/Pages/MapOffices.aspx

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