NFH Introduces New Executive Director
Atencio is a conservationist,
writer, and cultural anthropologist who has been operating Land & Culture Consulting from his home
near Taos, New Mexico, a region where his family roots go back over 300 years. From
2003 through 2012 he worked as executive director of the Taos Land Trust, a
local land conservation organization, where he developed many innovative and fruitful
community partnerships and permanently protected thousands of acres of private
and public lands. Ernie previously worked as Coordinator of the Valles Caldera
Coalition and Projects Director for Amigos Bravos – Friends of the Wild Rivers.
Growing up in inner-city Denver, he discovered the larger world—and the
land—through an Outward Bound "hoods-in-the-woods” program. Before becoming
involved in conservation, he worked throughout the West as a wilderness
instructor, park ranger, environmental educator, and journalist.
. . . (Read More).
Executive Committee; May 8, 2013
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The Cabin Fee Act: Today’s Efforts
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) introduced H.R. 1159 on March 14th, the Cabin Fee Act of 2013 (CFA). Under Doc’s leadership, a successful ‘markup’ by the Natural Resource Committee quickly followed in April.The bill then went to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to determine its impact on revenue. H.R. 1159 is essentially identical to H.R. 3397, the 2012 Cabin Fee Act, which passed the House of Representatives last September and was found to be revenue neutral by the CBO. The only change to H.R.1159 was a slightly modified fee table (approved earlier by the C2 Cabin Coalition) to address revenue differences due to the forward shift of the ten year evaluation period. . . (Read More)
Pete Bailey: April 24, 2013
2013 CUFFA Fee Update
Following three years in which Congress substantially suspended annual fee increases, it is anticipated that billing for 2013 user fees will reflect the full amount mandated by CUFFA. Hence, substantially higher fees than in previous years are likely for many cabin owners.
Bills for collection are being sent out to permit holders later than customary this year due to implementation of a new accounting system throughout the Department of Agriculture. At this time, bills for collection will likely be processed in June 2013, and payments will become due 30 days from the date identified on the bills for collection. Updates on the timing of 2013 user fee billings will be provided on the NFH website as they become known.
George Cardinet: February 23, 2013
Why we must continue the fight for passage of the CFA!
After five years of hard work and inadequate success, why do
we continue to fight to replace CUFFA with the Cabin Fee Act (CFA)? As leadership organizations, the National Forest Homeowners (NFH) and
the Cabin Coalition 2 (C2) have a responsibility to advocate for all cabin owners throughout the
country. It is the NFH mission statement!
While all cabin owners suffer from the anxiety and
uncertainty the CUFFA appraisal process creates, there are more than 15% of the
cabin owners who are truly harmed by the current appraisal cycle. They were unlucky to be early in the appraisal
cycle and often unlucky to be near fancy resort areas, and unlucky to not be
able to benefit from the past four years of C2 and NFH’s appraisal educational
efforts. These unlucky folks deserve support from all of us! Ten percent (10%) of all cabins will
have annual fees greater than $5000 and another 5% simply cannot afford the
large increases this round of appraisals generated. Many are being forced to sell and will be lucky if
they find a wealthy buyer. If
cabins are sold only to the wealthy, what happens to the ‘Cabin in the Woods’
nature of the Program? This is
what we are defending as we work to save that 15%.
Without the CFA, our research projects that 8-10% of all
cabins will be lost in the next few years, reducing our numbers and weakening
the Recreation Residence Program. Will
you be just as unlucky in the next
appraisal cycle? Regardless of how
fortunate you have been in the current CUFFA appraisal cycle, you may get burned
in the next. How you fare will be
a roll of the dice. For the
Program’s future and for individual cabin owners, we must all continue to work
Replacing CUFFA with the CFA is good for all cabin owners
and the Forest Service as well, since under the CFA the appraisal process goes
away! All cabin owners will then
have predictable fees, indexed annually for inflation. The Forest Service will save a lot of
time, money and administrative heartburn, plus the taxpayers get a fair return
on national resources. What’s
not to like about all of that?
However, getting a law through Congress takes not only patience
but a firm financial commitment.
The C2/CFA effort has been costly.
Lobbying costs are high. Gratefully,
we have received donations from our partners, tract associations and individual
cabin owners, all concerned about the future of the Recreation Residence
have been sufficient so far, but the $20,000 remaining will not carry C2
through 2013, nor will it cover the necessary work that will follow in monitoring
the development of the Rules & Regulation required to properly implement
the law. This process will
likely take another two years!
No, we are not done but we are making progress and with your help we can all win. So please consider making a
non-deductible financial contribution to the C2 effort. Donations can be made online at the
secure NFH website. Sign-In today
at www.nationalforesthomeowners.org and click on Donations. Or make donations by check, made out to
NFH, but please note "C2 Donation” on the memo line. Send to:
Barbara Warnock, NFH Database
541 West Santa Clara Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(phone) 714-836-7442 (Fax) 714-547-1774
Thank You and Thanks for your Support!
Pete Bailey, C2 Steering Committee