Legal Program

AFRC plays offense and defense in the courtroom. Learn how legal decisions and precedents are shaping public forest policy.

Magistrate Judge Smacks Down Enviros’ Arguments on Collaboration

Magistrate Judge Smacks Down Enviros’ Arguments on Collaboration   Portland, Ore. – Yesterday, Magistrate Judge Sullivan offered a strong rebuke of a dubious legal challenge to an important public safety project on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Northeast Oregon.   Judge Sullivan called out the plaintiffs’ – Greater Hells Canyon Council and Oregon Wild –  […]

O&C Litigation Complaint

AFRC, the Carpenters Industrial Council, Douglas Timber Operators, and six timber products companies filed a lawsuit in Washington DC August 5 challenging the BLM’s adoption of the Western Oregon Resources Management Plans because they violate the O&C Act’s requirements to manage the lands for permanent sustained yield timber production.

AFRC Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Case on Forest Plan Consultation

AFRC and its allies recently filed an amicus brief in support of the Solicitor General’s petition for certiorari asking the US Supreme Court to decide whether Forests Plans are ongoing actions subject to a continuous requirement to initiate ESA consultation.

Court Allows Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Project

After contentious litigation, an Idaho judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order of the Lost-Creek-Boulder Creek landscape restoration project on the Payette National Forest. The project aims to restore approximately 80,000 acres in the Forest using varied silvicultural treatments, including 20,000 acres of commercial timber harvest.