Congressional Hearings Held on Cabin Fees
Comment Period Extended
A concerted effort between the Forest Service and the Clinton administration has determined that cabin and recreational use fees are too low. They have begun a 5-year reappraisal process that has the potential to raise your cabin fee 100% to way over 1000%. With the process taking so long, some cabin owners will not see their reappraisal for some time and may not even know that this threat is coming.
Congress held a hearing in Washington DC and heard from numerous witnesses. Solutions are being sought by Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-ID) and other western Congressmen and Senators. Mrs. Chenoweth, chair of the House Resources subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, held a field hearing on February 21, 1998 in Couer dAlene, Idaho.
Testimony is being accepted until the end of March. Please contact ALRA if you are interested in placing your comments in the record.
Congressman Rick Hill (R-MT) is also planning a meeting in Montana. The location and date are yet to be determined. For more information contact Mr. Hills Montana offices in Helena (406) 443-7878 or Billings (406) 256-1019 and his DC office at (202) 225-3211.