Press Releases

Industry Comments on Senate County Payments Hearing

On March 19, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing entitled “Keeping the Commitment to Rural Communities” to review the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) county payment programs.


Forest Planning Rule Lawsuit

Today, AFRC and a broad group of national and regional interests filed suit in Washington, D.C. to overturn the new Forest Service Planning Rule adopted last April.


Supreme Ct. Forest Roads

The timber industry is pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will review a 2010 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision requiring National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for forest roads.


Congressional hearing releaes

The timber industry joined those testifying at today’s Congressional field hearing in Longview, Washington, in calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reconsider its flawed draft rule to nearly triple the amount of land arbitrarily set aside for the threatened northern spotted owl.


Statement on Rogue Wilderness Expansion

Today, AFRC sent a letter to Sen. Wyden and Merkley expressing the opposition of the timber industry to S. 2001 which would expand the Rogue Wilderness.


Draft Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Rule

The timber industry is unimpressed with the Obama Administration’s latest efforts to cloak its failed forest policies in the rhetoric of forest restoration, jobs and old growth protection. In a press conference, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other Administration officials sought to downplay the impact of a new Northern Spotted Owl critical habitat proposal on […]


Secretary Salazar’s Failed Timber Policies Bad for Rural Oregon

Ken Salazar, President Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, was in Medford, Oregon today to tour the “Pilot Joe” demonstration project and hold a Town Hall meeting where he sought to downplay the impact of a new Northern Spotted Owl critical habitat designation and announced yet another lengthy administrative forest planning process for 2.5 million acres […]


O&C Land Legislation

Today, Oregon U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation aimed at resolving the forest management and county revenue crisis facing much of western Oregon. The legislative proposal comes after months of effort by the offices to consider the needs of the forests, communities and local governments […]


Forest Planning Rule Statement

The National Forest Planning process has a significant impact on the members of AFRC and their employees who live and work in the remote communities of the West where timber jobs and forest health are important to everyday life.