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Fall 2015 Forum, Denver CO


Coming Soon!   NFH Denver Forum

Saturday, September 26, 2015   12 Noon - 5:30 pm
Holiday Inn East, Stapleton

Celebrating 100 Years of the Cabin Program

Online registration begins July 15, 2015.

The NFH 2015 CONFERENCE "Celebrating 100 Years of the Cabin Program: Looking Back, Looking Forward" was a great success!

Click here to view conference presentations and photos.


NFH 2015 Election Results

Election results were announced at the annual business meeting in Vancouver, WA on May 1, with three new Directors and a new Nominating Committee elected by the NFH membership. In addition, Bill Williams resigned from the Board for personal reasons (he will be replaced in the 2016 election). Click here to see the complete final results of the election, and here to see the list of your current Board of Directors. Follow the link at the bottom of the Board page to see the new Nominating Committee. Thank you to all the NFH members who participated in this democratic process to select your leadership!

Cabin Fee Act Passed by Congress!

National Forest Homeowners and Cabin Coalition 2 are proud to announce that on December 12, 2014, the U.S. Senate passed the Cabin Fee Act along with dozens of other lands bills as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.  Having passed the House on December 4, the bill was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014.  This success brings permanent and very welcome permit fee relief to cabin owners all across the country.  Ring those bells and break out the champagne!

This milestone achievement coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Recreation Residence Program on National Forest lands. Passage of the Cabin Fee Act ensures the continuation of the Cabin Program for generations to come with stable permit fees, increased only inflation, while also protecting the value of cabin-owner improvements.

"The Forest Service has supported the Cabin Fee Act and we are pleased to see its passage by Congress. We appreciate the work of the National Forest Homeowners on legislation which will provide a long term dependable fee structure for cabin lot permittees while at the same time decreasing the agency's administrative costs."
~ Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell

Passage of the Cabin Fee Act completes more than 7 years of work by the leadership of National Forest Homeowners and its partner organizations in the Cabin Coalition 2: Oregon Forest Homeowners, Washington State Forest Homeowners, Lake Wenatchee Summerhome Assoc., Priest Lake Permittees Assoc., Sawtooth Forest Cabin Owners, and Mt. Hood Forest Homeowners Assoc. These volunteer efforts succeeded due to the generous financial support of tract associations and individual cabin owners who contributed repeatedly in support of the cause.

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CFA Questions

Click on the Cabin Fee Act Summary for an easy-to-read summary of the new fee system. The complete text of the bill is available here. Or for more background and history, go to the Cabin Fee Act Center of Expertise located under the "Centers" menu above.

If you have additional questions, we want to hear from you!  First, please read the CFA Frequently Asked Questions document for the latest updates. If the FAQ document does not address your need, please click here to enter your question. Your specific questions will help add further content to the FAQ document. Check back periodically as the FAQ document will be updated as questions come in.

Why We Need Your Continued Support!

NFH and Cabin Coalition 2 (C2) have a responsibility to advocate for all cabins owners throughout the country. That is the NFH mission statement. Even with passage of the CFA, we are far from done. Please make a financial contribution today.

Getting a law through Congress took patience, professional expertise, and money. Lobbying costs are high and travel to D.C. is expensive.

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Applications for the position of the NFH Executive Director

Vacancy are closed.

The Executive Director (ED) serves as the chief staff officer for National Forest Homeowners (NFH), and is responsible to the NFH board of directors for the effective execution of the affairs of NFH.  As an employee of NFH, the ED participates with the board in formulation of the mission, goals, and objectives and related policies of our organization.  

Dear NFH Members,

After two exceptional years of serving your cabin interests, I am leaving my position as executive director for another job.  Working for NFH and getting to know you and the cabin program has been a real privilege.  This is one of the most interesting and unique threads of American culture I have ever come across, a fascinating experiment in public-private partnership on federal lands, and I count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to be so involved.  And lucky to visit so many cool cabins and good people in beautiful places.

I will continue working on national forest issues in my homeland of northern New Mexico coordinating a new program for The Nature Conservancy, which will involve small-scale timber thinning projects to reduce wildfire risk, restore watershed health and function, and create some local jobs.  Many years ago I wrote a book about the multiple benefits of local community-based forestry called La Vida Floresta, and now I have the chance to help make it a reality.

Thank you all for the opportunity, and I hope to stay in touch with the many friends I've made at NFH.

Ernie Atencio
Executive Director

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