National Forest Homeowners and Cabin Coalition 2 are proud to announce that at approximately 5:00pm EST today, 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 Thursday, December 4, the bill will now be sent to President Obama to be signed into law, which is expected to happen in the new few days. 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.
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.
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 on the Cabin Fee Act center of expertise located under the Centers menu above.
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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.
We now have the task of monitoring and providing input to the development of the rules and regulations to implement the law by the Forest Service. We anticipate making several trips to Washington D.C and working with our Washington Representatives to ensure the CFA is implemented as intended by Congress and the cabin owners. The NFH/C2 is the only national organization advocating for cabin owners.
National Forest Homeowners is a member-directed organization representing cabin-owner recreation residence permittees on our national forests. NFH provides leadership, member information and assistance, and advocacy for continuation of all recreation residences. It is dedicated to educating its members and others in sound science stewardship of our forests.