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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Wood: Nature's Building Material

Renewable, durable, climate-friendly and essential

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Recent Press Releases

Science Says: Wildfires, Aging Forests Are Contributing to Climate Change

Managing Forests, Using Wood Products Deliver Sustained Climate Benefits A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should question the narrative the United States is running out of old growth, and “p

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Mountain States Legal Foundation and American Forest Resource Council fight NEPA abuse

In America, checks and balances serve a critical purpose: they prevent the concentration of power in any single branch of government. They also keep the people’s expression of the “public interest” at the forefront

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King County 'Wishbone' Ruling Got it Wrong: Why Using Timber from DNR State Trust Lands is a Net Positive for Our Climate

Does permanently setting aside mature forests on Department of Natural Resources (DNR) managed state trust lands provide a larger carbon benefit than harvesting and storing that carbon in Washington-made wood products?

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Recent Newsletters

June 2024 Newsletter

Washington DC Update Farm Bill Committee Hearings 6th Emerging Leaders Program, Sept 12-13, Springfield The AFRC Podcast: U.S. Forest Service Invests in Wood Innovation Research Assesses Constraints on Mechanical Treatment to

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May 2024 Newsletter

AFRC Wraps up 2024 Annual Meeting, “The Future of Public Forest Management” Washington DC Update Forest Service Budget Hearings House Natural Resources Hearing on Westerman Forestry Legislation BLM Conservation Rule Mature an

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April 2024 Newsletter

Washington DC Update Federal government avoids shutdown Congressional hearings Congress Weighs in on Mature and Old Growth Rule The AFRC Podcast: Why Timber Supply Matters in Public Lands Management Mid-year Federal Timber Pr

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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