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.
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Welcome Sharon Karr
NFH Membership Administrator
NFH is excited to announce that Sharon Karr has been hired as the new Membership Administrator and has already begun her work. Sharon is not new to NFH. She and her husband Mike live in Sisters, Oregon and have a cabin in the Diamond Lake Tract on the Umpqua National Forest. Sharon has been on the board of her local Diamond Lake cabin tract, as well as the Oregon Forest Homeowners Association and, while serving a term as NFH Treasurer, was instrumental in reorganizing the way our financial records are kept.
Sharon is a passionate cabin owner and we are thrilled to have her energy, skills and abilities put to use with NFH. We invite you all to come to the Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington to meet Sharon.
We were honored by the number of qualified candidates, most of them USFS cabin owners, that went through an organized vetting process. We welcome Sharon into the NFH family and look forward to working with her.
Click here for updated contact information to connect with Sharon on your membership or dues questions.
Are You Connected?
In the coming weeks and months, we will be communicating with NFH members primarily through email as updates become available on the CFA implementation. If you have not received email from the NFH recently, we probably don't have your current email address in our system. Please click here to make sure we have your current email address so you can remain connected.
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.