Am I required to submit timber harvest documents online?
Not at this time. Beginning April 1, 2019, harvest document submittal will be available via online submittal, hard copy submittal on older Plan forms, or hard copy submittal via the updated timber harvesting forms. Effective July 1, 2019, all online or hard copy submittals must use the updated timber harvesting forms.
What are the benefits of submitting timber harvest documents online?
CalTREES offers many benefits for Registered Professional Foresters, Licensed Timber Operators, and landowners:
- The system is designed to guide you through the process by using updated timber harvesting forms.
- The system will indicate required fields on each form and provide you with reminders about regulatory requirements.
- Because you can electronically track progress, there will be better transparency and accountability of review timelines.
- The system will provide electronic notifications and two-way communication between the State and document/plan submitters.
- The system improves the efficiency of the collaborative review process, to allow faster approvals of timber harvest documents.
I submit timber harvest documents online, where will the data be stored?
The CalTREES application and database are stored in a secure data center managed by California Natural Resources Agency.
If I save my progress on a partially-completed timber harvest document in CalTREES, is my data visible to the public?
No; You will have an opportunity to save progress towards a completed document and preview the document prior to confirming your electronic submission. Emergency and Exemptions are only visible after they have been electronically submitted AND CAL FIRE has validated them. THPs, NTMPs and Substantial Deviations are visible once they have been electronically submitted to CAL FIRE.
How can I track the progress of my timber harvest document once submitted?
If you submit the document electronically via CalTREES, you can log in at any time to see the document status and designate how to receive correspondence from State reviewers (i.e., system notifications, email notifications, or mail). For those who submit paper timber harvest documents, all correspondence and status notifications will be sent via mail.