Save the Date for the NFH 2015 CONFERENCE May 1-2, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington
Ontario Forum Success
About 90 cabin owners met with the NFH board of directors and staff, along with supervisors of the both the Angeles and the Cleveland National Forests, for an informative and fun gathering at our 2014 Fall Forum on September 20 in Ontario, CA. Presentations covered a range of topics, from Cabins 101 and the CFA to living in harmony with fire and the Forest Service in national forest cabins. A tour of several cabin tracts on the San Bernardino National Forest was a treat for board and staff, who traveled from eight states scattered across four time zones to be there.
For those who could not join us in person, you can still share a virtual forum experience with presentations and photos by going to the Events menu above, or click here.
One Option for Unaffordable Fees
As we still await news on the Cabin Fee Act, the clock is ticking for many cabin owners who cannot afford another year of exorbitant permit fees and are agonizing over what to do. NFH and the Cabin Coalition 2 present one option to consider that may provide relief for some cabin owners. The Forest Service Handbook allows for the administrative suspension of a Special Use Permit. This requires placing your permit into a “non-use” status, which means that you will not have access to your cabin during that time, but also means that you do not have to make any rash decisions about terminating your permit and tearing down your cabin. This might be a very important consideration for those of you who are running out of options.
To learn more about the process, click here for a thorough explanation. If you are interested in pursuing this option, click here for a request letter template that you can edit to fit your particular circumstances. Contact NFH Executive Director Ernie Atencio at email@example.com any questions.
Your cabin is a family legacy, but it is also part of a 100-year legacy of the cabin program nationwide!
Eleventh-Hour Update of the Cabin Fee Act October 21, 2014
Our final opportunity to pass the Cabin Fee Act (CFA) will occur during the ‘Lame Duck’ session that is expected to begin November 12th when the 113th Congress returns to DC following the November 4th elections. This update summarizes where we stand today with the CFA.
The House Natural Resources committee passed the CFA out of committee in September with a $50 per tier fee increase intended to assure revenue neutrality over the ten year Congressional Budget Office (CBO) evaluation period. However, with that success in hand, we were informed that budget rules in the House would likely prevent the bill from being brought up for a floor vote because the bill was not revenue neutral in year one and years one through five, as well as over the ten years. The Cabin Coalition 2 and NFH have been struggling to find a solution to this non-negotiable rule since. The options are limited and these are the steps we have taken:
First, we have encouraged our sponsors to consider waiving the year-one and one-through-five procedural rules as we believe such waivers have occurred in the past. However, following a personal meeting with our House sponsor, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), the likelihood of this occurring appears limited. We continue to press for this option and other avenues to move the existing legislation forward, but have not been successful so far.
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.
National Forest Homeowners is a member-directed organization representing cabin-owner recreation residence permittees on our national forests. NFH provides leadership, member information and assistance, and advocacy for continuation of all recreation residences. It is dedicated to educating its members and others in sound science stewardship of our forests.