Metolius River Forest Homeowners Association

A place for posting matters of importance to Cabin Owners and their visitors, along the Metolius River in Deschutes National Forest, Camp Sherman, Oregon

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Monday, December 22, 2008

New Fees...

All the Metolius Cabins have their new fee by now and it's a bit of a hefty boost. We'd expected it, and dreaded it...but here it is.

The FS is just following procedure....and the rules of CUFFA set the formula for fees, so we're sort of stuck with it unless the rules can be changed. You're encouraged to support the CUFFA II group which seeks to modify CUFFA rules. If you need to know more visit the NFH link at this site or at the site for the NFH link.

And be prepared. It's gonna get worse...probably by 2011...That's when the NEW appraisals that just were done go into affect.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Permits ISSUED!

If you are a permitee on the Metolius you should have just revceived your 20 year Permit renewal. For god's sake read it right away and read it carefully! If you see anything that gives you trouble and you want the MRFHA Board to know about it send us an e-mail or call 503-530-6623 and ask for Mark.

This is the most important thing you've done about your cabin in the last 20 years so give it the importance it deserves. No surprises is OUR motto.

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Design Guidelines

The Forest Service, in an effort to keep the HISTORIC look and feel of cabins on/in the Deschutes National Forest, Camp Sherman AND the Metolius Cabins, have initiated a new set of rules they are calling guidelines. It would be wise for every permitee cabin owner in the Deschutes National Forest to know these rules; the size, lot location and exterior appearance are all GREATLY impacted. Hey, you've been warned.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Announcing the MRFHA Website

The Metolius River Forest Homeowners Assoc has been working these past years towards having a Internet presence and we finally launched our 'primitive' first formal attempt Sept 2008.

Over time we'll use BOTH this Blog site AND the Website as a means of staying in touch with out members and their guests. The Metolius and Camp Sherman, OR are magical and if you've been there you know why anyone would crave news of what is going on there.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Annual Meeting July 5th at 1PM

The MRFHA annual meeting will be Saturday, July 5th 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at the Camp Sherman Community Hall. Don Ratliff, senior fish biologist for PGE, will make a presentation, regarding fish restoration efforts and activities at Round Butte dam and the headwaters.

Additionally, Michael Riehle, Fishery Biologist, Sisters Ranger District, will speak (Article in this issue)

Jeff Sims will also be there to discuss permit renewals and the lot appraisal process, amongst other matters.

Finally, Oregon Senator Ben Westlund is expected to join us to discuss LUBA's recent decision and where the issue on destination resort development in the Metolius River area stands. Senator Westlund is a candidate for State Treasurer; historically State Treasurers have been effective in protecting special and unique places.

Call to LOT Appraisals Meeting!!!!

The MRFHA Lot Appraisals will occur as requirred every 10 years, on July 13th 2008.

At 10 AM to Noon on July 12th at The Deschutes Forest Supervisor's Office, 1001 SW Emkay, Bend, the appraiser will meet with cabin, and discuss the process and answer questions. We encourage lot Permit holders on the Metolius River to attend this important meeting if at all able! Make sure the appraiser understands that, as a minimum:
  1. There is a public right-of-way between our lots and the Metolius, which effectively defines the lots as NOT River-Side Lots...Extremely important!
  2. Major market impacts have reduced values on lots in Jefferson and Deschutes Counties, which the market as recognized as 'Over-Valued' and these drops MAY not be reflected in any sales used as comps expect the very recent ones within the last 4-6 months.
  3. Though the forest service directs the comps be of bare lots at FAIR MARKET VALUE the FS lots have restrictions that greatly reduce the lot 'fair market value' and these restrictions vary from Forest to Forest; thus it is appropriate and reasonable that the restrictions on Metolius permits must at least be understood by the appraiser during his process.
Try to make this important meeting on the 12th, then if you are able you can meet with the appraiser on the 13th as he inspects the 6 Typical Lots.

MRFHA - Camp Sherman

MRFHA - Camp Sherman
Metolius River