Press Releases

Industry Seeks Injunction on Contract Suspensions

On October 14, purchasers of federal timber sales and stewardship contracts filed suit against the Forest Service and BLM asking the Oregon Federal District Court to enjoin the agencies from suspending timber contracts during the government shutdown.

Federal Forest Legislation Passes House

Tom Partin, AFRC President, issued the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act: We commend the House of Representatives, including Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), for its leadership in passing the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (H.R. 1526). H.R. 1526 represents a long-term, […]

House Natural Resources Committee Hearing

AFRC praised the House Committee on Natural Resources for advancing significant legislation to improve management of federal forest lands for the benefit of rural, forested communities.

Court’s Ruling in O&C Case a Victory

On June 26, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. handed down a key victory for Southwest Oregon communities that are entitled to sustained yield timber harvests from Oregon and California Railroad Grant Lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

New Oregon Wilderness Designations Disappoint Forest Industry

A group of forest products industry associations today expressed their disappointment that new Wilderness legislation from Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley has cleared a key Senate Committee without a meaningful legislative resolution to the paralysis affecting federal forest management and rural communities in Western Oregon.

Senator Wyden’s Framework for O&C Legislation

The Framework released by Senator Wyden acknowledges the need to pass legislation that “will create jobs in the woods. . .and establish a permanent and stable source of revenue for O&C counties.” We appreciate his interest in finding a lasting solution for the O&C lands that will resolve the forest and community health crisis that […]

Lawsuit Filed on Owl Critical Habitat

On March 21, the American Forest Resource Council joined the Carpenters Industrial Council, Siskiyou County, California, and a group of forest products manufacturers and private forest landowners in a lawsuit to overturn the latest Northern Spotted Owl critical habitat designation. The case was filed in federal District Court in Washington, D.C., against the Secretary of […]

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.