March 2023

March 2023 Newsletter

AFRC Annual Meeting: Bipartisan and Focused on Solutions. Register Today! The AFRC Podcast: Rep. Cliff Bentz – Forestry, Water and Wildfire Washington DC Update Washington Legislative Update Coalition Seeks to Defend the Forest Service’s Use of Aerial Fire Retardant AFRC Legal Win! Judge McShane Upholds the BLM’s 2020 Rule Eliminating the Protest Process Ninth Circuit […]

Federal Judge Upholds BLM Rule Ending ‘Paperwork Protests’ of BLM Forest Management Projects

On March 27, U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane granted summary judgment in favor of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and upheld a 2020 Rule eliminating the agency’s protest process which previously resulted in unnecessary and bureaucratic delays to timber harvests and fuel reduction projects on BLM-managed lands, including more than two million acres […]

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Challenge to Forest Project on Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

On March 27, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision on summary judgment regarding a challenge the South Fork Stillaguamish Vegetation Management Project on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, allowing the project to proceed. The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) intervened in the litigation on behalf of Hampton Lumber Mills-Washington, […]