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 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.
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.
NFH Executive Director Vacancy Announcement
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. Within that framework,the ED supports, coordinates, and helps manage the meetings, programs, and activities of NFH.
The position requires the ability to represent NFH in a professional, skillful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic manner. Applicant must be a self-starter, excellent in verbal and written communications, proficient in MS Office applications and web and social media, and able to multi-task to meet deadlines and priorities. Knowledge of the Recreation Residence program on National Forest Lands and of U.S. Forest Service organization and programs a plus. The position requires employee to supply their own home office with basic office equipment. Although some travel is required, most of the work is done from the ED's own home office. This is a full time position requiring some flexible hours.
Salary range $50,000 - $58,000 depending on experience and skills. Click here for a detailed description of the skills and responsibilities needed for this position. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please apply using the link below.
Apply by May 6, 2015
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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