Press Releases

Gov. Inslee approves Washington forest industry carbon bill

Note: This is a joint press release with the Washington Forest Protection Association Today, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law ESSHB 2528, legislation acknowledging the essential role Washington state’s forestry industry and working forests play in removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and establishing it is in the public’s interest to support all aspects of […]

AFRC: Forest Products, Workers Are Critical Infrastructure in COVID-19 Response

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) is working to ensure the forest products industry and its employees can continue to operate and help meet the nation’s needs as local, state and federal governments respond to the global COVID-19 epidemic. On March 18, AFRC joined the Federal Forest Resource Coalition in urging the U.S. Department of […]

Wild Olympics’ Fails to Protect Working Forests and Working Families

American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) President Travis Joseph had the following to say regarding today’s U.S. House passage of the “Wild Olympics” legislation included in HR 2546:   “AFRC represents Washington forest products manufacturers, family-owned logging companies and the thousands of workers they employ on the Olympic Peninsula.  For years, we have provided substantial feedback […]

Federal Court Decisions on O&C Lands Deliver Major Victories for Rural Oregon

A federal court today issued two major decisions relating to the management of Western Oregon O&C lands. In one decision Judge Richard Leon invalidated President Barack Obama’s proclamation expanding the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument on O&C lands, finding no President has the unilateral authority to override Federal law and an Act of Congress. Specifically, the […]

Why AFRC is Defending the Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project

As an organization promoting active management of public lands to ensure public safety, protect forest health, and provide a sustainable timber supply, the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) supports the proposed Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project on the Los Padres National Forest. That’s why AFRC, joined by the California Forestry Association (CalForests) and Associated California Loggers (ACL), is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit that would overturn this important forest management project.

Vancouver Family Realizes Dream of Home Ownership, Thanks to AFRC Partnership with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity

Vancouver, WA – A deserving family will soon receive the keys to their own home in Vancouver’s McKibbin Commons neighborhood, thanks to a partnership between Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), a trade association representing the forest products industry.  AFRC’s members and staff donated building materials and cash, as well […]

Ninth Circuit Backs Expedited Forest Management

Ninth Circuit Court Backs Expedited Forest Management On June 24, setting legal precedent for nine western states, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the Sunny South Project on the Tahoe National Forest.  This is an important legal victory for active forest management on public lands and confirmation of a new bipartisan Congressional tool passed in the […]