Press Releases

Wild Olympics’ Fails to Protect Working Forests and Working Families

American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) President Travis Joseph had the following to say regarding today’s U.S. House passage of the “Wild Olympics” legislation included in HR 2546:   “AFRC represents Washington forest products manufacturers, family-owned logging companies and the thousands of workers they employ on the Olympic Peninsula.  For years, we have provided substantial feedback […]

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 one decision Judge Richard Leon invalidated President Barack Obama’s proclamation expanding the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument on O&C lands, finding no President has the unilateral authority to override Federal law and an Act of Congress. Specifically, the […]

Why AFRC is Defending the Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project

As an organization promoting active management of public lands to ensure public safety, protect forest health, and provide a sustainable timber supply, the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) supports the proposed Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project on the Los Padres National Forest. That’s why AFRC, joined by the California Forestry Association (CalForests) and Associated California Loggers (ACL), is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit that would overturn this important forest management project.

Vancouver Family Realizes Dream of Home Ownership, Thanks to AFRC Partnership with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity

Vancouver, WA – A deserving family will soon receive the keys to their own home in Vancouver’s McKibbin Commons neighborhood, thanks to a partnership between Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), a trade association representing the forest products industry.  AFRC’s members and staff donated building materials and cash, as well […]

Ninth Circuit Backs Expedited Forest Management

Ninth Circuit Court Backs Expedited Forest Management On June 24, setting legal precedent for nine western states, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the Sunny South Project on the Tahoe National Forest.  This is an important legal victory for active forest management on public lands and confirmation of a new bipartisan Congressional tool passed in the […]

Judge Green-Lights Important Restoration Project on Mt. Hood National Forest, Pushing Aside Challenge from Activist Groups

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2019 Contact:  Asha Aiello, 503-222-9505   Portland, Ore. –  On June 18, Judge Michael Mosman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Oregon, issued a ruling rejecting environmental groups’ challenge to an important thinning project on the Mt. Hood National Forest to improve forest health and reduce wildfire risk.  […]

AFRC Letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on ORE Act

AFRC sent a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee expressing our concerns and recommendations regarding S. 1262, the Oregon Recreation Enhancement (ORE) Act.  The legislation proposes a 60,000-acre expansion of the Rogue Wilderness, a new 98,000 acre Rogue National Recreation Area, and a new 30,000 acre Molalla National Recreation Area. These same […]

AFRC Calls on Congress to Do the Right Thing and Protect the People of Crooked River Ranch

AFRC Calls on Congress to Do the Right Thing and Protect the People of Crooked River Ranch  Portland – Today, AFRC President Travis Joseph responded to an alarming Bend Bulletin Editorial that highlights Congress’ failure to act on consensus measures urgently needed to protect rural Oregon communities and public forests. Congressman Greg Walden proposed carefully […]