Press Releases

A Victory for Responsible Forest Management on the Umpqua National Forest: Challengers Give Up Suit Against Quartz Project

Environmentalist groups have dropped their challenge to the Quartz Project on the Umpqua National Forest after failing to obtain an injunction against the project in federal court.  On October 11, United States District Court Judge Michael McShane denied the groups’ motion for a preliminary injunction.  This is a significant victory for active forest management on […]

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit and Approves ‘A to Z’ Forest Health Project in NE Washington

A federal judge on Oct. 4 issued a summary judgment ruling dismissing an environmental group’s lawsuit against the North Fork Mill Creek “A to Z” forest health project on the Colville National Forest.  The decision marks another legal victory for the collaborative project, and the unique public-private partnership that is working to improve forest health […]

AFRC Prevails for Public Safety and Forest Health

In a win for public safety and forest health, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California yesterday, July 9, approved a roadside hazard tree removal project on the Sequoia National Forest.

Magistrate Judge Smacks Down Enviros’ Arguments on Collaboration

Magistrate Judge Smacks Down Enviros’ Arguments on Collaboration   Portland, Ore. – Yesterday, Magistrate Judge Sullivan offered a strong rebuke of a dubious legal challenge to an important public safety project on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Northeast Oregon.   Judge Sullivan called out the plaintiffs’ – Greater Hells Canyon Council and Oregon Wild –  […]

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Common Sense: Wildfires are Emergencies

  Portland, Ore. – Last week, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of logic and common sense: massive wildfires on public lands are emergencies that often threaten lives, property, and natural resources.  The Court’s ruling backed a decision by the Forest Service to build a community protection line – a fuel break – to safeguard […]

AFRC Responds to Forest Service Plans for Chetco Fire

  AFRC RESPONDS TO FOREST SERVICE PLANS FOR CHETCO FIRE   Portland, Ore. – The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) submitted comments this week regarding the Chetco Bar Fire Salvage Environmental Assessment (EA), a document describing the Forest Service’s plans for responding to last year’s Chetco Bar Fire.   The Chetco Bar fire, which ranked […]

AFRC Applauds Bipartisan Agreement on Federal Wildfire Funding, Forest Management Solutions

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), a trade association representing Pacific Northwest logging and milling companies, today applauded a bipartisan agreement to include federal wildfire suppression and forest management reforms in the omnibus spending package. “This agreement recognizes that fixing our broken system of forest management is not a partisan issue,” said AFRC President Travis […]

Case Dismissed Against Post-Fire Projects on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests

A lawsuit, challenging two post-fire projects on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF), has been dismissed  by the plaintiff after courts refused its requests for an injunction.  The group attempted to stop work on both the Tower Fire Salvage Project and Grizzly Fire Salvage Restoration Project, which the U.S. Forest Service brought to implementation within […]

Oregon Legislature Approves Bill Promoting ‘Good Neighbor Authority’ to Improve Management of Federal Forest Lands

In the final hours of the 2018 session the Oregon Legislature overwhelmingly approved legislation to prioritize the use of “Good Neighbor Authority” (GNA), a federal policy allowing the state to increase the pace, scale, and quality of forest management activities on federally-owned forest lands. The legislation (HB 4118) was passed after Oregon experienced a severe […]