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About AFRC

AFRC is a regional trade association whose purpose is to advocate for sustained yield timber harvests on public timberlands throughout the West to enhance forest health and resistance to fire, insects, and disease. We do this by promoting active management to attain productive public forests, protect adjoining private forests, and assure community stability. We work to improve federal and state laws, regulations, policies and decisions regarding access to and management of public forest lands and protection of all forest lands.

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Recent Press Releases

AFRC Joins Firefighters, Schools, and Counties in Legal Challenge to Washington DNR Management Plans

Today four Washington counties and a coalition including school and fire districts filed a legal challenge to two management plans for state trust lands adopted by the Board of Natural Resources (BNR) in December that wi

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Washington DNR Timber Harvest Reductions Will Hurt Rural Jobs, Public Schools, Community Services

Today, the Washington Board of Natural Resources adopted two new management plans for state forest trust lands that will reduce timber harvests on Department of Natural Resources (DNR) managed trust lands. As an advocate

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Federal Court Decisions on O&C Lands Deliver Major Victories for Rural Oregon

A federal court today issued two major decisions relating to the management of Western Oregon O&C lands. In Read Full Post

Recent Newsletters

December 2019 Newsletter

DC Update Legal Challenge to DNR Management Plans Hazard Tree Removal Project Upheld ESA Protections for Red Tree Vole Unwarranted Forestry Groups File U.S. Supreme Court Brief Coalition Support for New ESA Rules BLM Sales Gener

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November 2019 Newsletter

AFRC, Western Oregon Counties Secure Major O&C Legal Victories Washington, D.C. Update Washington State DNR Update Ninth Circuit Agrees that Seiad-Horse Project Is In the Public Interest Federal Timber Purchasers Committee Meeting

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October 2019 Newsletter

Washington DC Update DC Court Issues Favorable Ruling Enforcing O&C Sale Mandate Landscape-Wide Injunction Issued in New Mexico and Another is Threatened in Idaho/Montana AFRC Moves to Intervene in Tecuya Project DNR Update For

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Analysis Paralysis

Over the last 10 years, the average time for a USFS Environmental Impact Statement has grown from 817 days to 1373 days. Average time for an Environmental Assessment is now 730 days. A Categorical Exclusion now takes 183 days.

The Rim Fire

on the Stanislaus National Forest in California released over 11 million metric tons of greenhouse gas – the same pollution as 2,300,000 cars.

The U.S. Forest Service

once generated $1,000,000,000 in revenues every year, but now spends $2 for every $1 it produces.

An estimated 60-80 million

acres of our National Forests are overstocked and at risk of catastrophic wildfire, insects, and disease.

Featured Facts & Research Article

In the Inland Northwest, where the forest land base is dominated by federal ownership and the forests are managed for a multitude of benefits, life cycle analysis suggests that the optimal solution for maximizing carbon gain under both current and future climate conditions is to manage forests to maximize long-lived wood products and to minimize the risk of severe wildfires