American Forest Resource Council

Sustainable Forests. Healthy Communities.

Renewable Wood Products for America's Needs.

Climate Change
Advocating for solutions on public timberlands throughout the West
Forest Health

About AFRC

AFRC is a regional trade association whose purpose is to advocate for sustained yield timber harvests on public timberlands throughout the West to enhance forest health and resistance to fire, insects, and disease. We do this by promoting active management to attain productive public forests, protect adjoining private forests, and assure community stability. We work to improve federal and state laws, regulations, policies and decisions regarding access to and management of public forest lands and protection of all forest lands.

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Recent Press Releases

Diverse Groups, Counties Defend Timber Management on State Trust Lands in Washington State Supreme Court Case

Counties, educators, labor and business groups and others are defending timber management on state-owned working forests against a legal attack in the Washington State Supreme Court. The entities filed separate amicus

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Puts Politics Over Science, Wildfire Risks in Proposal to Reverse 2021 Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Rule

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today said the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to withdraw the 2021 critical habitat designation for the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) prioritizes politics over

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U.S. Senate 'Wild & Scenic' Bill Makes Oregon Vulnerable to More Wildfire and Smoke

Oregon would be less safe from wildfire and smoke under congressional legislation to restrict forest thinning and management activities on approximately 3 million acres of federal lands under the Wild & Scenic Rivers

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Recent Newsletters

August 2021 Newsletter

Washington DC Update Tom Partin: Wildfires and Litigation-Both “Out of Control” Magistrate Judge Clarke Upholds BLM’s North Landscape Project Malheur National Forest Implements Firewise Project to Protect Community AFRC and OFIC

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July 2021 Newsletter

AFRC Annual Meeting: See You in Stevenson Washington DC Update Hazard Tree Removal Litigated Roadside Hazard Removal and Public Access is Under Attack AFRC Staff and Members Tour Developing Montana Projects Montana-DNRC, Custer Gal

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June 2021 Newsletter

Rep. Bruce Westerman to Keynote 2021 AFRC Annual Meeting Washington DC Update New Post-fire Spotted Owl Research AFRC, FFRC and ALC Successfully Intervene in Defense of the Forest Service’s NEPA Rule Judge Molloy Issues Mixed Ruling

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Featured Facts & Research Article

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