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CalTREES is the online timber harvest permitting system that will streamline the submission and review processes for timber harvesting documents. The system is used by CAL FIRE staff and Review Team agencies (State and Regional Water Boards, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California Geological Survey) to process and review timber harvesting documents submitted on paper. 

The public now has access to search for timber harvesting documents and information.  Also, functionality to submit Notification Requests to receive email about timber harvesting documents after registering for an account in CalTREES.  Later in 2019, they will be able to submit comments online within CalTREES.

Registered Professional Foresters, Licensed Timber Operators, and Landowners will soon have the option to electronically submit, track, and update timber harvesting documents online via CalTREES. As new functionality becomes available, we will continue to offer trainings to the public, Registered Professional Foresters, Licensed Timber Operators, and Landowners.

Benefits of CalTREES

  • Easy-to-use timber harvesting forms, including reminders for RPFs, LTOs, and Landowners of regulatory requirements while entering their information
  • Easy-to-follow processes for submitting and reviewing timber harvest documents
  • Ability for public to request automatic notifications based on selected criteria (e.g., County, Watershed, Legal Description, Notice of Submission, Notice of Filing)
  • Better accountability of review timelines
  • Efficient collaboration for Review Team Agencies
  • Reduce the amount of manual, paper-based processes
  • Electronic notifications and two-way communication between the State and document/plan submitters
  • Accessible historical data and search functionality for the public
  • Streamline monitoring efforts
  • Replace outdated, 20+ year old technology

NEW! Online Submission of Emergency and Exemption Notices

The CalTREES Team is excited to announce the release of online submission of Emergency and Exemption harvesting documents.  Navigate to the Training Materials section of this page to view the updated user guide and training video.  Visit the CalTREES website to sign up for your CalTREES account. 

If you are an RPF, you should have received additional information regarding the online submission process.  Please contact the CalTREES Help Desk at or (916) 704-7579 with any questions about this new feature.

Please Note: Emergency and Exemption Notices will still be accepted via paper submission to the Review Team offices on the Timber Harvesting Forms page.  


New Timber Harvesting Forms

To improve efficiency, CAL FIRE has released revised CalTREES forms that both conform with the Forest Practice Act and Rules and align with the new CalTREES software. To view the revised forms, please visit the Timber Harvesting Forms page

CalTREES Events

There are many opportunities to learn about CalTREES. Our project team has been working diligently to spread the word about the new system, help understand how it works, and demonstrate what it can do for you. Contact the CalTREES Support Desk at if you or your organization would like to host a group training session or live demonstration of CalTREES. Join the CNRA_AB1492 email list to receive notifications about upcoming CalTREES events and training sessions.


Please refer to bottom of page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or contact one of the following resources, based on the type of assistance you require.

For questions about the CalTREES online system, please contact the CalTREES Help Desk at or (916) 704-7579.

For any other questions about the Forest Practice Program or timber harvesting in general, contact the Regional Office nearest your location.

Training Materials

Online Submission of Exemptions and Emergency Notices

CalTREES Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)