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Role of the Recreation Residence Program in the 21st Century

  • To serve as stewards of National Forest Lands;
  • To improve and provide for safety and security on National Forest lands through fire protection programs, neighborhood awareness and education of cabin users and forest visitors;
  • To facilitate intensive recreation use at minimal impact on lands and ecosystems;
  • To provide significant economic impact to local economies and counties;
  • To partner with Forest Service on projects to benefit program and forest management;
  • To represent and communicate National Forest development, cabin history and sense of place to other forest visitors; and
  • To establish a sense of community among forest users through active support of and involvement in local organizations and programs.


No Net Loss

Issue: Failure to rebuild cabins lost to natural disasters and the termination of permits and removal of cabins by the Forest Service for noncompliance have removed over 50 cabins from the Recreation residence Program since 2002, bringing the total permitted cabins in this program to approximately 14,600.... (read more)

Saving Cabins

Issue: Failure to comply with Recreation Residence permit requirements and/or to pay the special use permit fees, resulting in revocation of permits and removal of cabins.... (read more)