Press Releases

Oregon’s Rum Creek Fire Reveals Risks of New Wilderness Proposals

As of this writing, the Rum Creek Fire in southwest Oregon has burned nearly 12,000 acres along the iconic Rogue River northwest of Grants Pass.  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared an emergency as “Level 3 – Go Now” evacuations are in place for homes near the rural communities of Rand and Galice.  The fire […]

MYTH vs. FACT: Washington State Supreme Court Affirms DNR Trust Mandate

On July 21, 2022, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Conservation Northwest v. Franz affirming the trust mandate that applies to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state trust lands. This is a major legal victory for DNR, public schools, counties, and many other community service providers, and the forest products sector. […]

Washington State Supreme Court Affirms DNR Management of State Trust Forest Lands

The American Forest Resource Council today joined beneficiaries of Washington state trust lands in applauding the Washington State Supreme Court’s opinion in Conservation Northwest v. Hilary Franz, a case where Conservation Northwest attempted to undermine the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fiduciary duty to manage these working forests, known as state trust lands. The […]

AFRC Responds to ‘Climate Forests Campaign’ Report

  AFRC has the following to say regarding a report by the “Climate Forests Campaign,” an anti-forestry effort to halt forest management throughout the nation: Old and mature trees are not “worth more standing” if they are dead and emitting carbon. This “report” by anti-forestry lobbyists was released at the same time firefighters are working […]

Why timber is essential to the Biden Administration’s wildfire strategy

By Travis Joseph, AFRC President The Forest Service and BLM timber sale programs are essential to preserving and growing the physical and human forest infrastructure that is not only critical to providing carbon-friendly wood products to meet society’s needs but is essential to helping the Forest Service and BLM accomplish their respective federal forest management […]

AFRC Statement on Secretary Vilsack Memorandum on ‘Bold Action’ to Restore Forests, Improve Resilience, and Curb Climate Change

The American Forest Resource Council had the following to say regarding U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s memorandum directing the U.S. Forest Service to take “bold actions to restore forests, improve resilience, and address the climate crisis.” “Wildfires are converting overstocked federal forests in the West from carbon sinks to carbon sources. The U.S. Forest […]

Washington DNR ‘Carbon Project’ Undercuts Washington’s Climate Goals

American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) President Travis Joseph had the following to say regarding the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ‘carbon project’ on public working forests known as state trust lands: “DNR should follow the recommendations of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the best way to mitigate climate change is through […]

AFRC comments on Ninth Circuit decision regarding Cuddy Valley and Tecuya Ridge Projects on the Los Padres National Forest

AFRC General Counsel Sara Ghafouri had the following to say regarding the Ninth Circuit’s decision today on the Cuddy Valley Forest Health/Fuels Reduction and Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuel Break Projects on the Los Padres National Forest: “We are pleased with aspects of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that support reducing wildfire risks and protecting nearby communities, […]

AFRC Joins Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition, Lincoln County to Defend Ripley Project

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) has formally joined the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition (KFSC) and Lincoln County in defending the Ripley Project on the Kootenai National Forest. On November 22, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto granted the entities’ joint motion to intervene in litigation against the project to reduce wildfire risks near Libby. […]