Newsletters

August 2023 Newsletter

  • Washington DC Update: August Recess Provides Opportunities to Interact with Members, Congressional Staff
  • The AFRC Podcast: Separation of Powers, O&C Lands and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
  • Fuel Reduction Supports Firefighters, Protects Communities During Oregon’s Flat Fire
  • Favorable Decision Upholding Three Projects on the Fremont-Winema National Forest
  • Forest Service awards first G-Z Service Contract
  • AFRC and AOCC Successfully Intervene to Defend the BLM’s Integrated Vegetation Management for Resilient Lands Project
  • AFRC Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of the Twisp Project
  • Washington State Board of Natural Resources 2023 Retreat
  • Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Rises Again
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee Timber Program Ramping Up

July 2023 Newsletter

  • AFRC President Travis Joseph Appointed to NWFP Advisory Committee
  • The AFRC Podcast: U.S. Senator Steve Daines
  • Washington, DC Update
    • House Interior Appropriations
    • Federal wildland firefighter salaries
    • Manchin and Barrasso weigh in on Forest Service ANPR
  • AFRC Provides Blueprint for Climate Smart Forestry
  • D.C. Circuit Court Reverses Judge Leon’s Rulings Regarding the O&C Act’s Sustained-Yield Mandate
  • Hearing Held on Three Timber Stand and Wildlife Habitat Improvement CE Projects
  • Judge Jones Dismisses AFRC and City of Forks in a Challenge Against Washington DNR
  • AFRC Visits Western Montana Forests

June 2023 Newsletter

  • Washington, DC Update
    • AFRC in DC
    • Farm Bill/Forestry Reforms
    • BLM Conservation Rule
  • The AFRC Podcast: NEPA Reforms in Fiscal Responsibility Act
  • Washington Political Update
  • Ninth Circuit Victory! AFRC and MLA Successfully Defend the Flathead Revised Forest Plan
  • Hearing Scheduled in a Challenge to Timber Stand and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects on the Fremont-Winema National Forest
  • Judge Christensen Rules Against the Ripley Project on the Kootenai National Forest
  • Siuslaw National Forest Publishes Monitoring Report
  • Lolo National Forest Releases Plan Revision Draft Assessment
  • AFRC Meets With Region 1 POD Forests

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 Forest Plan
  • Siuslaw National Forest Utilizes Restoration CE to Expedite Treatment
  • Oral Argument Held in the Challenge to the Eastside Screens Amendment
  • Favorable Ninth Circuit Ruling for Hanna Flats Project
  • Anti-Forestry Groups Intervene in AFRC’s Challenge to DNR’s Carbon Project
  • Repairs at R-Y Mill Ongoing
  • Shannon Reny Joins AFRC as a Summer Law Clerk

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 Granted a Preliminary Injunction on the Knotty Pine Project
  • District Court Judge Allows Plaintiffs’ Challenge to the Siuslaw HLB Project to Proceed
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee Timber Outputs Ramping Up
  • Cougar Rock Restoration on the Deschutes National Forest

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 Win! Court Upholds the South Fork Stillaguamish Vegetation Management Project
  • Lolo Plan Revision Officially Underway
  • AFRC Seeks to Defend Three Thinning Projects Authorized under the Timber Stand Improvement Categorical Exclusion
  • Jake Blaufuss Joins AFRC as Northern California Field Coordinator

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 Defends the Eastside Screens Amendment and 15 Scientists File a Letter Disputing Plaintiffs’ Allegations of Scientific Controversy
  • AFRC Defends the South Fork Stillaguamish Vegetation Project Before the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Considers Petitions to Delist Certain Grizzly Bear Populations
  • Colville and Nez-Clear to Receive Additional Wildfire Funding

January 2023 Newsletter

  • Registration for AFRC’s Annual Meeting is Now Open!
  • The AFRC Podcast: Montana DNRC’s Amanda Kaster and Success with Cross-Boundary Forestry
  • Washington DC Update
  • Biden Administration Announces New Priority Landscapes to Reduce Wildfire Risk in West
  • CEQ Issues Interim NEPA Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Washington Legislative Update
  • Washington DNR Continues Work on Eastside Sustainable Harvest Calculation
  • Washington Study Highlights Climate Benefits of Forest Management, Wood Products
  • Unfavorable Decision on Remand of the End of the World Challenge
  • North Cascade Conservation Council Challenges Revised Twisp Project
  • AFRC Meets With Western Montana POD Forests
  • AFRC Welcomes New Members
  • AFRC is Hiring! Northern California Field Coordinator
  • Kade Weathers Joins AFRC as Legal Extern

December 2022 Newsletter

  • Save the Date: AFRC’s Annual Meeting, April 11-13
  • Washington DC Update
  • The AFRC Podcast: Duane Vaagen and “A to Z”
  • NWFP Monitoring Report: Wildfires Leading Cause of Old Growth Forest Loss
  • Flat Country Project Decision Withdrawn
  • District Court Once Again Upholds the Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project on the Los Padres National Forest
  • Industry Coalition Files Motion to Intervene in Challenge to Fisher ESA Listings
  • Injunction Lifted in the Fleecer Project Challenge
  • Lolo Begins Forest Plan Revision
  • Janicki Elected to Washington Board of Natural Resources

November 2022 Newsletter

  • Washington DC Update
  • The AFRC Podcast: Heath Heikkila, 2022 Mid-Terms, What to Expect in New Congress
  • Federal Timber Purchasers Committee Convenes for Fall Meeting
  • D.C. Circuit Court Holds Oral Argument on AFRC’s O&C Act Cases
  • Judge Tigar Changes Course and Remands, Without Vacating, 2019 ESA Rules
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee Timber Program Positioned for Consistency
  • BLM Releases Instructional Memorandum on Habitat Connectivity
  • AFRC and Counties Seek Full Environmental Review of Washington’s ‘Carbon Project’
  • DNR Timber Sale Program Update
  • New Regulations May Require Federal Contractors to Report Their GHG Emissions, Climate Risk