Press Releases

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 […]

New BLM Policy Supports Post-Fire Forest Recovery and Reforestation

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today applauded the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for finalizing a new rule expediting post-fire recovery and reforestation efforts on federal lands. Specifically, the rule creates a new 3,000-acre categorical exclusion (CX) under the National Environmental Policy Act to help expedite the removal and sale of dead and dying […]

Tree Removal Necessary to Ensure Public Safety at Walton Lake

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) and Crook County today applauded the Ochoco National Forest’s decision to move forward once again with the Walton Lake Restoration Project, an effort to improve forest health, ensure public safety and mitigate wildfire danger immediately surrounding Walton Lake, the national forest’s most heavily-used developed recreation site.  The Ochoco National […]

Replace Clinton-Era Rule to Accelerate Science-based Eastside Forest Restoration

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) today submitted comments in support of amending the Clinton-era “Wildlife Standard of the Eastside Screens,” also known as the “Eastside Screens” governing the management of national forests in Eastern and Central Oregon.  AFRC joins diverse organizations- ranging from counties to hunting and recreation groups to forestry groups- urging the […]

State Trust Land Beneficiary Coalition Wins Key Legal Victory in Thurston County

A coalition of Washington state counties, schools, fire districts and others won a key legal victory on Oct. 2 when Thurston County Judge Erik D. Price dismissed a lawsuit filed by anti-forestry groups against the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The anti-forestry groups’ lawsuit sought to undermine the DNR’s fiduciary obligations to manage Washington […]

U.S. District Court Upholds Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project on Los Padres National Forest

An effort to reduce wildfire risks on the Los Padres National Forest and protect nearby communities can proceed after U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Walsh ruled in favor of the Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project above Frazier Park, California.  The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), joined by the California Forestry Association (CalForests) and Associated California Loggers […]

AFRC Joins Forest Collaborative and Adams County to Defend Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project on Southwest Idaho’s Payette National Forest

  The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) has once again intervened on behalf of the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) and Adams County, Idaho in the latest round of litigation aimed at blocking the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek landscape project on the Payette National Forest.  The U.S. district court formally granted intervention to the Coalition and County, […]