Facts & Research

Forest policy should be based on facts and science, not ideology and fear-mongering. Learn the truth about our forests and our incredible industry.

2016 Ross Report Now Available

The 2016 Ross Report is now available.  Compiled by AFRC Federal Forest Manager Ross Mickey, the annual report includes details and analyses of the U.S. Forest Service Region 6 Timber Sale Program.


Post-Fire Logging a Boon to Future Fire Prevention

A new study from the journal of Forest and Ecology Management suggests an evidenced correlation between timber harvesting in recently burned forest stands and a reduction of woody fuel during subsequent decades. This decrease in fuel loading can lessen the impact and frequency of catastrophic wildfires for up to 40 years in some cases.


Carbon Storage

In the Inland Northwest, where the forest land base is dominated by federal ownership and the forests are managed for a multitude of benefits, life cycle analysis suggests that the optimal solution for maximizing carbon gain under both current and future climate conditions is to manage forests to maximize long-lived wood products and to minimize the risk of severe wildfires.


Mill Closure Information

The impacts of the Northwest Forest Plan, Eastside Screens, Sierra Nevada Framework and other landscape management plans that have been implemented during the past 20 years on federal timber lands have severely impacted the number of sawmills that remain in the west and those employed by the forest products industry.


Old Growth

The amount of old growth on federal lands increases every year. Wildfire is by far the major threat contributing 87% (102,500 acres) of what was lost in the first ten years of the Northwest Forest Plan.


Forest Management and Carbon Storage

Old Growth

In the Inland Northwest, where the forest land base is dominated by federal ownership and the forests are managed for a multitude of benefits, life cycle analysis suggests that the optimal solution for maximizing carbon gain under both current and future climate conditions is to manage forests to maximize long-lived wood products and to minimize the risk of severe wildfires