"Celebrating 100 Years of the Cabin Program: Looking Back, Looking Forward"
May 1-2, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington
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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NFH Launches 2015 Election
Ballots for the 2015 Election of Officers were mailed February 20, 2015, and should be arriving soon. Candidate statements are available for your review. Please vote upon receipt of the ballot. Ballots must be received by no later than March 28, 2015.
Farewell Barbara Warnock
Long-time NFH employee, Barbara Warnock, is leaving her position as Database Manager after 11 years of dedicated service to the organization. She started working for NFH as a contractor in 2003, eventually becoming a salaried employee who managed our membership database and monthly dues collection, while providing critical support for other NFH activities.
Barbara is a cabin owner in the South Fork Tract on the San Bernardino National Forest (where she met her late husband Gordon) and an active member of the cabin community, serving as Treasurer of the Santa Ana River Cabin Association. Many of you know and have worked with her for years. Through three NFH presidencies —from Roy Glauthier to Geoff Anderson and Jay Tripathi— Barbara has been a fixture at NFH conventions and forums and your main point of contact for membership dues and assisting you through our website conversion. Barbara, her daughter Megan, and two granddaughters are planning a move to be closer to family in Missouri.
The Board of Directors and Executive Director Ernie Atencio thank her for her years of work with NFH and wish her all the best in her new transition. We hope she can still spend time enjoying at her cabin in Southern California.
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.