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Oregon Forest Homeowners' Association

Generations of family and friends in Oregon’s forests.
Stewards and conservationists of Oregon’s forests.
Preserving and protecting Oregon’s Forest Service cabins.
Leaving a legacy in Oregon’s forests
for the next generation of cabin users.

President's Message...

> 2014 OFHA Membership Meeting Summary.pdf


Phil and Rosie
Phil Janz: A Man for all Reasons
Cabin owners lost a quiet-spoken, long-time advocate with the passing of Phil Janz, Upper Rogue River Tract, Umpqua National Forest, August 5, 2014.

Some knew Phil as a Eugene area school administrator. Some knew him as an outdoorsman hiking many legs of the Pacific Crest Trail with his family. Some knew him as a canoeist leading a group of friends on an annual float down the Deschutes River. Some knew him as an adventurer loving the challenge of exploring back-country whether in Alaska, Oregon or Colorado/Utah always with his wife Rosie at his side.

The family’s get-a-way was a self-constructed log cabin on the Upper Rogue River. Phil eschewed conveniences preferring gas lights, hand pumped well water, a wood-fired hot tub and a hand-dug outhouse. The cabin was enjoyed year round skiing in, if needed, towing their supplies on a sled.

Phil was a long-time leader of the Upper Rogue tract organization. He and Rosie, along with others, helped remove the Possessory Interest Tax from being a threat to Oregon cabin owners. His activity in cabin issues led to the presidency of OFHA where he guided the growth of the organization to become worthwhile and effective. He was well suited to that role involving many others in its activities. He was elected National Forest Homeowners (NFH) Vice President and developed the Ambassador Program. For many years he and Rosie planned the convention program for the NFH annual convention. Later they were the awards committee. Remember the time he was “Smokey the Bear” at one of its conventions?

Phil leaves his wife and life’s companion of 64 years and a loving, close-knit family and many, many friends. He will be missed and remembered.

Submitted by Bob and Judy Ervin

Cabin Fee Act Update
From the National Forest Homeowners’ Association
August 8, 2014


The Cabin Fee Act (CFA) continues to await action by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Congress.

NFH and the Cabin Coalition 2 (C2) remain firmly committed to the CFA, pulling out all the stops and attempting every strategy that could make a difference to get it through Congress this year. In mid June, a nine-person delegation of NFH and C2 leadership, cabin owners, and our lobbyists traveled to Washington and visited 30 individual offices during a whirlwind three-day period. Congressmen, Senators, and their staffers were all well informed and largely supportive of the CFA, after a flood of over 400 email messages in response to our last grassroots call to action (thank you cabin owners – those emails make a difference!). We heard loud and clear from U.S. Forest Service Chief Tidwell that he is solidly in support of the legislation and wants to see it passed this year. It is a sensible solution and a non-controversial bill with strong bipartisan support, a win-win-win for the Forest Service, the public, and cabin owners. Influential sponsors and key committee members from both parties and in both chambers of Congress are poised to move the bill through to a vote as soon as possible. So what’s the problem?

At this moment in early August, we are still waiting on a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that scores the bill “revenue neutral,” meaning that under the CFA the cabin program will generate the same level of revenue as it would going forward under CUFFA. The bill cannot be taken to a floor vote until that determination is made. In March the CBO gave an unfavorable score to the senate version of the bill (S. 1341). Since then the House of Representatives has introduced a new CFA (H.R. 4873) – identical to the senate version – and the Forest Service has provided the CBO with updated and corrected information for a more complete calculation. NFH, C2, and the Forest Service all believe that using accurate data, the CFA will meet the test. The latest update we received is that the CBO will release its report by mid August. Then we need to wait until the House and Senate are back from recess on September 8, and will have to hit the ground running for a very short session, but our allies in Congress say they are ready to move it quickly.

Meanwhile, NFH and C2 continue to explore all of our options to provide some relief to cabin owners who are facing exorbitant permit fees and to avoid any loss of cabins in the program – losing cabins anywhere will erode and weaken the cabin program for everyone. Next year the cabin program will celebrate its centennial anniversary. We need to keep it healthy and strong for the next hundred years. Please be prepared to once again write your Congressmen and Senators in support of the CFA. Once we have the CBO report in hand, we will provide the message, the timing, and contact information. Stay Tuned!

May 14, 2014

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Please check the NFH website (http://www.nationalforesthomeowners.org/) regularly for further information about the latest CFA developments in 2013 and how you can help advance the cause.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN THE TIME COMES?

Contact our Senators and your Congressperson. Let them know we appreciate their support and want the Cabin Fee Act legislation passed in this new Congress.

Addendum from Pete Bailey, NFHA: The importance of a prompt ‘markup’ by the Energy & Natural Resources Committee is essential if we expect to have a chance at getting the bill passed this year. We ask that all Oregon cabin owners contact Senator Wyden before Monday, December 2 with the following message. Please try to put this in your own words as much as you can.

Give sincere thanks to Senator Wyden for his support and his commitment to get the Cabin Fee Act, S.1341, passed. This cannot be over emphasized:

Point out how much you appreciate his very positive remarks at the Nov. 20th hearing for S. 1341 by the Energy & Natural Resource Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. We are very pleased to have full Forest Service support for S.1341, but stress how important getting the CFA passed into law this year because next year the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) evaluations become even more problematic than this year. Ask that S.1341 receive a prompt ‘markup’ by the ENR committee, perhaps just after Thanksgiving. This will encourage a quick response from the CBO and improves our chances of passage this year! Oregon cabin owners and cabin owners everywhere want to see S. 1341 passed without changes.

Senator Ron Wyden contact information:
            Address: 221 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
            Phone:   (202) 224-5244   
            E-mail:    www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Jeff Merkley
            Address: 313 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
            Phone:   (202) 224-3753
            Email:     www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

Congressional Representative
            Website to find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Also, if you can help support these efforts financially, the NFHA could use additional funds for the lobbying efforts.  For more information on how to help go to the NFHA website at: http://nationalforesthomeowners.org/ .  If we all work together, hopefully we will have a better and fairer permit fee system in the future.

 

OFHA Meetings

Next Board Meeting
Location: Bend, OR
1PM at "The Loft",
919 Bond Street
Date: September 27, 2014

OFHA Annual Meeting
Date: March 2015 - Location to be announced

 

NFHA Meetings

Meeting:  Fall 2014 Forum
Location: Ontario, CA
Date:  September 20, 2014

Meeting:  NFH 2015 Convention
Location: Vancouver, WA
Date:  May 1-2

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