Building the Cabin
Community of Tomorrow
NFH just completed our annual spring event, the NFH Conference, and it was well attended and very informative.
Quite a few cabin owners learned 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.
This NFH gathering was a great and rewarding experience. We love sharing stories and the exchange of wisdom.
As NFH looks to the future of the Cabin Community,
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.
NFH Bylaw Change Widely Supported
The NFH Board of Directors recommended bylaw change was approved at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting. The term of the immediate past president's director position was changed to a one-year term. To view this change, click here.
America's First Forests
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 Member Tract Renewals
The renewal timeframe for member tracts has not changed. Each member tract renews on their annual cycle, tied to their annual meeting, just as you have in previous years. The new membership terminology you may have read about in the newsletter is Common Renewal. Common Renewal is for individual members only. It does not impact tracts who handle renewals for their cabin owners as a group.
Questions? Contact Sharon Karr, Membership Administrator at 541.549.8592.
CFA Update: Where are we 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.
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