Newsletters

July 2022 Newsletter

  • Washington DC Update
    • Appropriations
    • U.S. Senate ENR Committee Mark-Up
    • Cottonwood
    • River Democracy Act
    • Root and Stem Project Authorization Act
    • DeFazio Rogue Wilderness, National Recreation Area Legislation
  • Must Read: Why timber is essential to the Biden Administration’s wildfire strategy
  • The AFRC Podcast: Kent Duysen- Saving Our Sequoias and Southern Sierra Forests
  • Forest Service, BLM Respond to Recent Executive Order
  • Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Holds that State Trust Lands Must be Managed for Beneficiaries
  • AFRC in the News
  • Barred Owl Removal Experiment and Strategy Update
  • 4th AFRC Emerging Leaders Program
  • AFRC’s Challenge to Delay Rules for NSO Critical Habitat Designation Dismissed As Moot
  • Judge Vacates Trump-ERA ESA Rules
  • Biden Administration Rescinds two Trump-era ESA Rules—Habitat Definition and Critical Habitat Designation
  • AFRC Meets with North Idaho National Forests
  • Corey Bingaman Joins AFRC as Western Oregon Field Coordinator
  • Forest Sector Leader, Advocate Larry Giustina Passes

June 2022 Newsletter

  • Telling Your Story – We are all in this Together
  • The AFRC Podcast: 100 years of Freres, Innovation and Sustainability
  • Washington DC Update
    • Secretary Vilsack issues Secretarial Memorandum
    • Forest Service budget hearing
    • DeFazio Wild Rogue legislation receives hearing
  • PERC Report: Red tape is making wildfires worse
  • 2021 Eastside Screens Amendment Challenged
  • Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing in the Challenge to the Cuddy Valley Project
  • Round Two in Challenges to the Flathead Revised Forest Plan: Biological Opinion
  • Adverse Court Ruling on the End of the World and Hungry Ridge Projects
  • Washington DNR Misses Fiscal Year Target: Even After Lowering It
  • AFRC Meets With Western Montana National Forests

May 2022 Newsletter

  • Washington DC Update
    • Updates on wilderness bills in Congress
    • Prescribed Fire direction from Forest Service Chief Randy Moore
  • The AFRC Podcast: AFRC’s Travis Joseph to appear with Montel Williams on ‘Balancing Act’
  • Federal Timber Purchasers Committee Meets in Sacramento
  • Basin Creek Project Developed to Protect Water Supply Near Butte, Montana
  • Judge Christensen Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Ripley Project
  • New Challenge on the Kootenai Involving the Knotty Pine Project
  • Video: The Grizzly Corridor Model: An Adaptive Management Approach
  • Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Challenge
  • Funding Boost for Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program
  • District Court Denies Renewed Preliminary Injunction Against 18 Projects that Overlap with Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Population
  • Recently Filed Actions on the Los Padres National Forest
  • AFRC Completes Montana Swing with Sun Mountain Lumber and MLA
  • AFRC Organizes Field Tour on Salmon-Challis National Forest

April 2022 Newsletter

  • AFRC Wraps up 2022 Annual Meeting – “The Crossroads”
  • The AFRC Podcast: Can Forest Carbon Offsets and Forest Products Co-Exist?
  • Washington, DC Update
    • Biden Executive Order
    • No Timber from Tyrants Act
  • Washington DNR Carbon Project Met with Opposition, Skepticism
  • Forest Service Releases Infrastructure Funding for Selected Landscapes
  • AFRC Legal Update
    • Environmental Groups Settle Their Challenge to FWS “Not Warranted” Finding for the Red Tree Vole
    • CEQ Finalizes Phase I NEPA Regulations: Reverting Key Provisions of the 2020 NEPA Regulations Back to the 1978 NEPA Regulations
    • Unfavorable Court Ruling Regarding the Castle Mountains Project on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
    • New Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

March 2022 Newsletter

  • AFRC Annual Meeting: See You Soon at Skamania Lodge
  • Washington, DC Update
    • Congress: Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations
    • Biden Admin: Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request
    • AFRC in DC for meetings with Forest Service, Congress
  • AFRC Legal Update
    • Judge Aiken Denies Preliminary Injunction on Bear Grub and Round Oak Projects.
    • Grays Harbor Superior Court Upholds the About Time, Bluehorse, and Proposer DNR Timber Sales.
    • Despite Mixed Ruling, Judge Winmill Allows the Brebner Flat Project to Proceed.
    • Ninth Circuit Denies Emergency Request for a Preliminary Injunction on 18 Projects.
    • Mixed District Court Ruling Regarding the Houston South Project.
  • Advances in Bioacoustics Technology for Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet Surveys
  • Washington DNR Fails to Hit Volume Target and Lowers Fiscal Year 2022 Target
  • Groups Working to Help Reboot Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration

February 2022 Newsletter

  • U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore Confirmed for AFRC Annual Meeting
  • Washington, DC Update
  • AFRC, Congressman Bentz Visit “River Democracy Act” Gulches
  • Forest Service Receives Disaster Relief Funding; Timber Outputs Continue to Diminish
  • Washington DNR Under Pressure on Mature Forests, Trust Mandate and Past Promises
  • Region 1 Completes Two Forest Plan Revisions
  • AFRC Legal Update
  • Sarah Melton Joins AFRC as Staff Attorney

January 2022 Newsletter

  • Registration Now Open for 2022 Annual Meeting (In-Person)
  • Washington, DC Update
  • Ninth Circuit Vacates Denial of Preliminary Injunction Projects Overlapping with Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Population
  • Forest Service Begins Eastside Screens Monitoring
  • Region 1 Looks to Ramp Up Management Despite Obstacles
  • AFRC Weighs in on Washington State’s “Climate Commitment Act” Plan
  • Washington Legislative Update
  • AFRC and Lewis County Move to Intervene to Defend Washington DNR’s Point Blank Timber Sale
  • Fourth Circuit Remands the Mountain Valley Pipeline Across the Jefferson National Forest Based on Violations of the 2012 Forest Planning Rule

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 Aiken Enjoins Hwy 46 and Lang Dam Projects on Willamette National Forest
  • AFRC Comments on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Coastal Marten
  • AFRC and CalForest Comment on Proposed Critical Habitat for Southern Sierra Pacific Fisher
  • Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog Proposed for Listing under the ESA
  • ODF Federal Forest Restoration Program Update
  • The Twisp Restoration Project Saga-Part II: Picking up the Pieces
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources Sustainable Harvest Planning
  • Cut It, Graze It or Burn It
  • Developing the Next Generation of Forestry and Natural Resource Leaders

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 Lincoln County Intervene to Defend Ripley Project
  • Region 1 Moving Forward with Fire Salvage
  • AFRC, FFRC Comment on Phase 1 of CEQ’s NEPA Reform
  • Franz Announces Keeping Washington Evergreen Legislation

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 Delaying Effective Date of 2021 Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Designation
  • AFRC Holds Fall Meeting in Missoula
  • National Conservation Legacy Center Making Progress