Press Releases

AFRC Welcomes Montana’s RY Timber as New Member

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) proudly welcomes RY Timber as its newest member.  The company currently operates a stud mill in Livingston, Montana, and is one of the top structural lumber manufacturers in the state. In the spring of 2020, RY idled its Townsend, Montana sawmill citing a lack of timber to run at […]


AFRC Welcomes Montana’s F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. as New Member

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) proudly welcomes F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. as its newest member. This fully integrated forest products company operates a sawmill near Columbia Falls, MT and sustainably manages a 39,000+/- acre tree farm. According to Stoltze, the company also sources up to 60 percent of its timber from U.S. […]


AFRC, Counties Challenge Delay to 2021 Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Rule

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today joined the Association of O&C Counties and counties in Washington, Oregon, and California in challenging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) illegal delay in implementing its 2021 critical habitat designation for the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO). The 2021 critical habitat designation removed areas that are not habitat […]


AFRC Welcomes Woodgrain as New Member

The American Forest Resource Council proudly welcomes Woodgrain as it newest member.  With sawmills in Idaho and Oregon, the company joins a growing trade association of logging and milling operations across the West. “AFRC is proud to serve Woodgrain. We are committed to helping this company obtain the wood fiber it needs to manufacture world-class […]


NSO Critical Habitat: Myths and Facts

On January 13, 2021 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a rule designating more than 6.1 million acres of critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO).  Anti-forestry groups are making false claims about what the rule means for owls and our forests.  Learn the truth.   MYTH: This rule reduces protections for the Northern […]


Northern Spotted Owl “Critical Habitat” Rule Aligns Policy with Law and Science

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today said a new rule finalized by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) will better align Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) critical habitat with federal law and modern forest science at a time when unprecedented and severe wildfires threaten both owls and people from Northern California to Washington State. […]


AFRC Supports New BLM Rule to Reduce Wildfire Risks, End ‘Paperwork Protests’

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today applauded the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for finalizing a new rule streamlining the process for active forest management on BLM-managed lands.  The new rule closes a loophole in the public engagement process that has significantly delayed, and in some cases stopped, timber harvests and fuel reduction projects […]