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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 […]


AFRC Comments on D.C. Circuit Opinion on O&C Lands, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

American Forest Resource Council President (AFRC) Travis Joseph had the following to say regarding the D.C. Circuit’s opinion on the Obama-era expansion of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) and the 2016 Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon O&C Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): “Our litigation regarding Western Oregon O&C Lands […]


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 […]


Ninth Circuit Upholds Flathead Revised Forest Plan, Allowing Forest Management Projects to Proceed

The Ninth Circuit today upheld the Flathead National Forest’s Revised Forest Plan, allowing forest management projects that were developed under the new plan to proceed. The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) and the Montana Logging Association participated in the litigation as Intervenors in support of the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. […]


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 […]