CFA Mid-Year Update
Dear Cabin Owners,
As we move closer to the 2016 implementation of the Cabin Fee Act, cabin owners should be aware that there will be a transfer fee of $1,200 invoked whenever there is a transfer of ownership in a cabin and a new permit is required. It is currently unknown what exemptions, if any, will be contained in the new rules.
NFH leadership is advising cabin owners who intend to change their ownership arrangement and/or name of the permit holder to consider initiating their request to the USFS during 2015. The USFS has informed NFH that permit change requests initiated in 2015 will not be subject to the new Transfer Fee.
We are currently in discussions with the USFS about how the Transfer Fee will be implemented and hope to have more information to share later this year. Feel free to share this information with all cabin owners in your tract, including those who may not be members of NFH.
Jay Tripathi, President
National Forest Homeowners
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.
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.
NFH Hires New Executive Director
We are pleased to announce the selection of Sharon Leach as our new NFH Executive Director. Sharon lives in the Taos, New Mexico area and was chosen from several very qualified applicants. She brings extensive experience as a professional writer and communicator along with Executive Director experience at Sustain, Taos, a non-profit organization in the Taos area. Please join me in welcoming Sharon to NFH. She looks forward to getting to know our organization, its members, and the dynamics that surround our unique cabin program on USDA Forest Service lands.
Sharon will be going through an orientation period over the next few months with NFH Leaders, Membership Administrator Sharon Karr, and past NFH Executive Director, Ernie Atencio. Her first official day will be July 8th.
National Forest Homeowners
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.
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