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2017 NFH Seattle Conference

Recreation Residence Program Overview



What Are Cabins?

This unique 'Cabin in the Woods' program was established by Congress in 1915 to facilitate family recreation experiences on our National Forests.  A cabin and its improvements are the personal property of the owner who pays an annual fee for the use of the National Forest land the cabin sits on.  Renewable 'Special Uses Permits' are issued for 20 years at a time and come with a number of restrictions and obligations for the use of the land.  A two-page Recreation Residence Program Overview is mandatory reading for anyone considering the purchase of a cabin.

Currently, there are over 13,800 cabins in the program.  Cabin lots are generally located in groups designated as 'cabin tracts' by the Forest Service.  A total of 800 cabin tracts can be found in over 100 National Forests in 26 States.

Click here to access the USFS Recreation Residence website.


Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Recreation Residence Program Overview PDF (349.8 KB) Administration 6/23/2016
Sample Special Uses Permit PDF (426.76 KB) Administration 4/22/2016
USFS Guide to Maintaining Historic Cabin PDF (7.8 MB) Administration 4/22/2016
Cabin History PDF (706.96 KB) Administration 12/6/2012
Organic Act PDF (1.89 MB) Administration 12/6/2012