May 2023 Newsletter

Washington, DC Update Fiscal Responsibility Act Senate Energy and Natural Resources Markup House Natural Resources Committee Hearings and Markup The AFRC Podcast: BLM Conservation Rule Judge Christensen Holds that the Forest Service May Continue to Use Aerial Fire Retardants to Fight Wildfires Ninth Circuit Holds Oral Argument in the Challenge to the Revised Flathead National […]

Federal Court Sides with Counties, Cities, and Forestry Groups, Ruling USFS May Continue Use of Aerial Fire Retardants to Fight Wildfires

Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana (Court) issued a ruling in a case brought by Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (FSEEE) against the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) seeking to enjoin the USFS’ use of aerial fire retardants during firefighting activities. The Court ruled that USFS may continue using aerial fire […]

April 2023 Newsletter

AFRC Wraps up 2023 Annual Meeting, “Telling Your Story” The AFRC Podcast: Roseburg’s Historic Investment in Southwest Oregon Washington DC Update AFRC Washington Legislative Recap The Ninth Circuit’s Divided Panel Upholds the Expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument BLM Proposes New Conservation Rule BLM’s Integrated Vegetation Management Programmatic and Late Mungers Project Challenged District Court […]

AFRC Comments on Ninth Circuit Opinion on Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

American Forest Resource Council President (AFRC) Travis Joseph had the following to say regarding the Ninth Circuit opinion on the Obama-era expansion of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) on Western Oregon O&C Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): “We’re pleased the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the president, regardless of political affiliation, […]

Biden Administration Report on Mature and Old Growth Forests Underscores Need for Proactive Forest Management

American Forest Resource Council President Travis Joseph had the following to say regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement on policies relating to mature and old growth forests on federal lands: “This announcement and year-long effort confirms what we’ve known: we’re not lacking old growth, we’re lacking common sense in stewarding our forests.  Our national forests and […]

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, […]

February 2023 Newsletter

Washington DC Update AFRC Annual Meeting – Register and Book Your Room at Skamania Lodge The AFRC Podcast: Todd Payne and Sierra Pacific Industries expansion in Oregon Washington Legislative Update Forest Service Announces FY23 Timber Targets U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Proposal to List the California Spotted Owl under the Endangered Species Act AFRC […]

AFRC, Eastern Oregon Counties Defend U.S. Forest Service’s ‘Eastside Screens’ Amendment

Today, the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) and Eastern Oregon Counties Association filed an opposition brief in a federal lawsuit seeking to vacate the U.S. Forest Service’s “Eastside Screens” Amendment that improves the agency’s ability to reduce wildfire risks and restore forest health on national forests in eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. Last year, AFRC […]