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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

Replace Clinton-Era Rule to Accelerate Science-based Eastside Forest Restoration

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today submitted comments in support of amending the Clinton-era

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State Trust Land Beneficiary Coalition Wins Key Legal Victory in Thurston County

A coalition of Washington state counties, schools, fire districts and others won a key legal victory on Oct. 2 when Thurston County Judge Erik D. Price dismissed a lawsuit filed by anti-forestry groups against the Washin

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U.S. District Court Upholds Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project on Los Padres National Forest

An effort to reduce wildfire risks on the Los Padres National Forest and protect nearby communities can proceed after U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Walsh Read Full Post

Recent Newsletters

October 2020 Newsletter

Washington, DC UpdateForest Service Proposes Updates to its Handbook and ManualAFRC Submits Data and Exclusion Request on Critical Habitat for the Spotted OwlLegal Victory: Challenge to DNR’s Management of State Trust Lands DismissedMontana Forest

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September 2020 Newsletter

A Message from AFRC President Travis Joseph Wildfires Bring Unprecedented Devastation to the West Washington, D.C. Update Forest Service Region 6 Hits 2020 Target Court Allows New NEPA Rules to Go Into Effect AFRC Comments on Propo

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August 2020 Newsletter

Washington, DC Update U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Issues Two Proposed Rules for Critical Habitat Forest Service Publishes Eastside Screens Amendment EA Washington State Update – Board of Natural Resources “Retreat” DNR Land

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Analysis Paralysis

Over the last 10 years, the average time for a USFS Environmental Impact Statement has grown from 817 days to 1373 days. Average time for an Environmental Assessment is now 730 days. A Categorical Exclusion now takes 183 days.

The Rim Fire

on the Stanislaus National Forest in California released over 11 million metric tons of greenhouse gas – the same pollution as 2,300,000 cars.

The U.S. Forest Service

once generated $1,000,000,000 in revenues every year, but now spends $2 for every $1 it produces.

An estimated 60-80 million

acres of our National Forests are overstocked and at risk of catastrophic wildfire, insects, and disease.

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