Oregon Department of Forestry to Modernize Forest Activity Notification and Tracking Process

Richmond, Va. – July 22, 2013 – Timmons Group was contracted for the planning, design and implementation of a Forest Activity Electronic Notification and Reporting System (FERNS) application for Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The final product will require an intuitively designed, user-friendly system that meets the demands of both the State’s clients and also improves internal operations throughout the organization.

The multi-phased project will improve the State’s Notification of Operations and Application for Permit (NO/AP) processing for the Private Forests, and Protection from Fire divisions. In order to provide this level of reporting detail and access, Timmons Group will integrate the new FERNS application with the State’s GIS system, provide a publicly facing interface for notification entry, management, and subscription-based alerts, provide mobile forest activity inspections via iPads, support workload management and formal correspondence for notifications, and provide reporting for both ODF customers and staff.

“We are excited to work with ODF on this high-profile project. With the implementation of the FERNS application, Oregon’s DOF will be able to respond to demands for increased efficiency and management of forest activity submissions, inspection and reporting tools. It’s a common issue facing many forestry agencies and how they work with external partners. ODF is responding to these challenges and is leveraging the newest technical opportunities to meet these demands” Lowell Ballard – Director of Geospatial Solutions for Timmons Group.

Established in 1911, the Oregon Department of Forestry has served the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forest to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. Some of the specific activities include: fire protection ranging from private land to federal forests, management of state owned forest land for multiple benefits, forestry assistance to private woodland owners, enforcement and education of Oregon Forest Practices Act, as well as resource planning and community/urban forestry assistance.

About Timmons Group
Timmons Group is a leading provider of geospatial and strategic planning services focusing on developing intuitive enterprise solutions and working with clients to strategic position their organizations for growth. Timmons Group develops solutions across multiple platforms, including JavaScript, HTML5, and native mobile operating systems. Timmons Group also provides GIS Strategic Planning support leveraging their GIS RoadMap process. Timmons Group maintains a strong business partner relationship with Esri. Timmons Group has been a recipient of both the Esri Business Partner of the Year award and the Esri Foundation Partner of the Year award. For more information about Timmons Group’s geospatial products and services, contact Lowell Ballard at Email Contact or visit www.timmonsgis.com.

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