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4/29/2016 » 4/30/2016
2016 NFH Santa Clara Conference

~ Click to see 2016 Conference Program ~

Calling all California Cabin Owners! All are welcome.

Register for the NFH 2016 Conference here. Hotel provides airport shuttle from San Jose airport. If coming from SFO, use another car hire service. Guest parking is open and free for attendees. 

To book lodging: Call the hotel directly at (408) 988-8411 or 1 (800) 255-9925. Online Bookings ended 4/14/16; Rooms on available-only basis at NFH rate, call Today! Excellent rates for this area.


 See New Film,
Showing Friday, April 29th
at NFH Conference:

America's First Forest 

 From  The Forest History Society
and Bonesteel Films

The new documentary America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment is the first film to examine the pivotal role of Biltmore Estate chief forester Carl Schenck and America’s first school of forestry in American history.

Although the conservation movement and professional forestry began on the Biltmore Forest—now preserved and celebrated as the Cradle of Forestry in America—Schenck remains an unheralded early leader of both. Read more here..


NFH Election Closed.
Join us at the NFH Conference
to hear results first.


Proposed ByLaw Change

The NFH Board of Directors recommends a change to the term of the immediate past president's director position. To view this change which will be voted on at the annual meeting, click here.



Where are we now?

By now, most cabin owners have received their 2016 permit fee bill. The 2016 permit fee represents a very important milestone, the resetting of the base permit fee for your lot. Going forward, this fee amount will be adjusted annually for inflation, the only future fee increase allowed under the CFA.  Cabin owners will not face future fee uncertainty and steep fee increases common under the prior fee system.

To learn more, click on Cabin Fee Act Summary and Frequently Asked Questions.

So what happens next?

From the FS: Along with your 2016 bill, the Forest Service also provided most cabin owners with a Frequently Asked Questions document, click here to see a copy.

Appeal v. Errors: While there is no CFA fee appeal; if you believe there is an error with the key elements used to determine your fee (appraisal amount, date of value, or typical lot grouping), the permit holder should contact their permit administrator to request a correction. NFH is prepared to assist members if they have reason to question their 2016 fee amount.

Permit Changes. In the near future, you will receive a permit addendum, updating permit terms to conform to the new CFA law. All other terms of existing permits remain in effect, including the 20-year term.  All future new permits will be issued with the updated CFA language.

Transfer Fees. Fees begin in 2016, as soon as the Forest Service finalizes rules for new permits issued due to a change of cabin ownership.  A couple of questions have been raised from the Forest Service Frequently Asked Question document and NFH has asked the FS for further clarification.  We will share what we learn in the near future.

Please click Ask CFA Question, or contact Sharon Leach, NFH Executive Director for questions.

As NFH looks to the future, there are a number of opportunities to solve issues important to both cabin owners and the Forest Service. We are confident continuing to work in the same spirit of partnership as demonstrated with the CFA will foster further improvements within the Recreation Residence program to the satisfaction of both cabin owners and the Forest Service.


2016 NFH Conference
Tickets are:

$235 for full 2-day conference

$190 without banquet;

one-day & banquet-only tickets also available.
Use link above to register. Log in first if you are a member.

Learn Everything You Wanted to Know But Didn't Know Who to Ask -
In Santa Clara.

One Great Weekend!



NFH Conference:

Focusing on Sustaining Our Cabins and the Cabin Program

We're getting ready for our annual spring event, the NFH Conference, and hoping to see you in Santa Clara on April 29 & 30. Many of you have told us how much value you get from our speakers and sessions. Recently, we sent a survey to our CA members and got a great set of responses.

Quite a few cabin owners want to learn more about creating a trust and preparing for their children to become cabin owners. Others were very interested in ways to renovate and improve their cabins, while also being sensitive to historic features and sustainable materials. More issues of concern included the drought and water access challenges, possible land swaps and cabin security. Thanks to all our survey respondents for their thoughtful input.

We're excited to bring these and other topics to our program this spring. You'll find speakers and breakout workshops to answer many of your questions, such as how to create a trust, handling multiple ownership or shared use of the cabin as well as some practical how-to advice on renovations and historic preservation. To address some more individual issues, we will also provide an open house with breakout topics on Friday morning before the main sessions begin.

Also on Friday, we will hold a meeting for our member tract leaders, as well as our annual business meeting where we'll also announce results of our annual election.

Forest Service staff attend our conference and provide updates and informative talks. This year, our speakers will answer your questions and also talk about the state of California forests with drought and fire impacts and what can be done to make them more resilient.

The venue at the Biltmore Hotel is lovely and your registration includes a wonderful Awards Banquet on Saturday night where NFH recognizes those unique people who support and lead our cabin community, including outstanding volunteers and leaders, as well those within the agency that make cabin experience better for everyone.

You'll find this NFH gathering a great and rewarding experience. We love sharing stories and the exchange of wisdom. Please come help us build the cabin community of tomorrow.

Use the link above to reserve a room now. Let us know if you have any questions or need help registering for the event. Online registration coming shortly!  You can find a paper registration in your winter NFH newsletter that should be arriving soon!

If you have questions, let us know or contact Sharon Leach, NFH Executive Director at or call 800.669.9971.



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