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

AFRC Joins Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition, Lincoln County to Defend Ripley Project

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) has formally joined the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition (KFSC) and Lincoln County in defending the Ripley Project on the Kootenai National Forest. On November 22, U.S

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Designation Fails Our Forests, Communities and the Species Itself

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today said the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) critical habitat designation for the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) illegally designates over a million acres of federal l

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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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Recent Newsletters

December 2021 Newsletter

Washington, DC Update OSHA Vaccine Mandate Heads to U.S. Supreme Court, While Federal Contractor/Subcontractor Vaccine Mandate Remains Enjoined Judge Molloy Rejects Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Revisit Flathead Forest Plan Litigation Judge A

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November 2021 Newsletter

Washington, DC Update Judge Leon Finally Issues O&C Lands/Resource Management Plans Challenge Remedy Decision FWS Publishes Replacement Rule for Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat AFRC, Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition, and

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October 2021 Newsletter

Washington, DC Update Washington State Supreme Court Holds Oral Argument in Case Challenging Timber Management on DNR Trust Lands USFS and BLM FY 2021 wrap-up Biden Administration Regulatory Update Judge Leon Declines to Enjoin Rules

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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