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CFA Call to Action!
May 28, 2014

Outrageous CUFFA fees are crippling the cabin program. The 2014 billing has exhausted the financial resources of many cabin owners who simply cannot pay $10,000 to $30,000—or more—this year and for the next ten years! Six years of dedicated work by the Cabin Coalition 2 (C2) and NFH to correct the problem and pass the Cabin Fee Act (CFA), have brought success within reach. 

But, we need everyone’s help, now!
  Please read on ...

The 113
th Congress ends this year and may be our last chance. An all-out effort is being made by NFH and C2 in the next few weeks because the August Congressional recess and the November elections are fast approaching. A group of cabin leaders will be traveling to Washington, D.C. the week of June 16th to meet with key members and staff in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. We are hopeful that the updated version of the CFA will soon clear a key hurdle with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and receive a committee mark-up in the House before our team hits the ground in D.C.

Click here to read more and for Senate contact information.

NFH Members click here! to see how you can continue to financially support the CFA effort.

Our Updated Advice
What to Do About Your 2014
Cabin Permit Fee

March 6, 2014

In early January we communicated our best advice to cabin owners facing 2014 fee bills – and some with 2013 fee bills – that they simply can’t pay. We’ve heard back from many of you and have learned more about the Forest Service collection process, and, frustratingly, the Cabin Fee Act is stilllanguishing in Congress. So for many, it now may be time to fish or cut bait, as they say, because you can’t sit on a fee bill forever without some unwelcome results.


First, we remain optimistic that the CFA will eventually be passed by Congress, but it’s got to be soon to help with extremely high fees. . . . Despite strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, the Cabin Fee Act is part of a huge logjam that defies understanding. Be assured though that we continue to push the legislation as hard as possible!

Now, about those fee bills. In our prior communication, we advised that if you could not afford to pay your bill, simply do nothing for the time being. While the "do-nothing” strategy might be the only option for some cabin owners, the Forest Service has indicated that making no payment at all will place the permittee into noncompliance with their permit and could trigger revocation proceedings. Instead, we have heard from the Forest Service that the agency will act more favorably toward cabin owners who make any "good faith effort” to pay some portion of their 2014 bill, even if it’s not the full amount. . . .

(Read more and download the entire letter here.)

Summary of Results:
2014 Cabin Fee Survey

A special 'THANK YOU’ to the large number of cabin owners that participated in the survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
A summary of the results is now posted and available for your review.

A more detailed review of the results will be conducted and when available, additional results will be posted on the website. Comments or questions concerning the survey should be directed to
Ernie Atencio, NFH Executive Director.

Cabin Fee Act Update
May  14, 2014

The Cabin Fee Act (CFA) continues to await action by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Congress.

The CFA (S. 1341/H.R. 1159) remains of vital importance to the future of the Forest Service Recreation Residence Program and to many cabin owners striving and hoping to retain their cabins in the face of drastically increased fees. As cabin owners know, these bills, which have been before Congress for nearly four years, are noncontroversial with strong bipartisan support, including support from the leadership of the major committees of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives and the Senate. But progress and final passage have been repeatedly blocked by a Congress too often stalemated, especially on public lands legislation, and a CBO whose approval is essential but which has set a moving fiscal target that the bill must satisfy to meet budget requirements.

On April 4th, in response to anegative March 5th CBO "Cost Estimate"of S. 1341, an amended version of the bill based on the latest relevant Forest Service data was submitted for informal CBO review. An accompanying cabin owner analysis explained the amendments and identified additional corrections to
the CBO report. Cabin owners believe that careful CBO consideration of these proposed amendments and other points will satisfy concerns raisedby the agency.Both Senate and House have requested that the CBO examine these proposed amendments and the accompanying cabin owner analysis so the bill can move forward. The House Natural Resources Committee is prepared to take up the amended S. 1341 at its next available "markup" session, probably in June, and is pressing the CBOto respond before then. Senate markup action is also being sought.

Meanwhile, a delegation of cabin owners will be traveling to D.C. in mid-June to meet with key Congressional leaders and with top Forest Service leadership, who have been very supportive of the CFA. Plans are being prepared for local cabin owner constituent visits with Members of Congress when they are back home for their July 4th Recess and for their month-long August Recess. If necessary, another D.C. cabin owner visit will take place in September. At the same time, professional lobbying support for the CFA is being enhanced and expanded as an all-out effort intensifies to get the CFA enacted into law this year.

Watch the NFH website and your email for requests for your assistance in our efforts to gain passage of the CFA this year. We will initiate a grassroots email and calling campaign in the next week or so. Please be prepared to participate!

Aubrey C. King

NFH Washington Representative 
11914 Grason Lane
Bowie, MD 20715-4012 
O 301.464.8060
C 202.251.6845


2014 NFH Election Results

With a total of over 1,300 ballots received, the National Forest Homeowners' membership elected Jay Tripathi, of Healdsburg, California, as the new President. Richard Maycock, from Roswell, Georgia was elected as a new Director. And we have a new Nominating Committee.

ee complete election results here, and you can go to our NFH Board of Directors page for the updated list of current directors with contact information.

hank you to all those who participated in our annual elections!
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