Press Releases

Timber Industry Won’t Be “Isolated” by Sen. Wyden’s Rhetoric

On August 26, 2014 groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry sent a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, responding to recent comments he has made in relation to legislation he has introduced to dramatically alter management of federal O&C timberlands.

Forest Products Industry Responds to BLM Draft Resource Management Plans

Tom Partin, President of the American Forest Resource Council issued the following statement on the release of the BLM’s draft Resource Management Plans for six districts in Western Oregon encompassing over 2.5 million acres of BLM-managed forestland, including the Oregon & California (O&C) Grant Lands.

Statement on Wild Olympics Proposal

The forest products industry comments on the reintroduction of “Wild Olympics” Proposal by Washington Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer.

Industry Responds to Likely Senate Committee Passage of Wyden Eastside Legislation

Tom Partin, President of the American Forest Resource Council, issued the following statement regarding the likely passage of the “Oregon Eastside Forest Restoration, Old Growth Protection, and Jobs Act of 2013” (S. 1301) by Senator Ron Wyden’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, December 19.

Wyden Bill – Next Step in O&C Land Discussions

On November 26, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden released his long-awaited legislative proposal for reforming the management of Western Oregon’s O&C forest lands. It follows the recent passage of the bipartisan O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act resulting from a compromise forged by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden, and Kurt Schrader.

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).