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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Call to Action: HR 4888 Needs Your Support, Send Your Message Today!

he Cabin Fee Act of 2010, HR 4888, is available on the OFHA website by selecting, "Click here to Review HR 4888” at

An urgent request has been released for every cabin owner to contact his or her Congressional Delegation. Please see the list of Oregon Senators and Representatives below. If you live out of state, you can locate FAX, email and phone numbers for other offices or other Congressional delegates at: Make sure that every representative hears from us, Democrat and Republican alike. Please contact to obtain an electronic template to guide your correspondence or devise your own message.

Step 1: FAX, email or even phone your Representative asking them to become a co-sponsor to HR 4888.

Step 2: FAX, email or phone both your Senators asking them to support a companion bill in the Senate.

Ron Wyden (D)
Portland office phone: 503-326-7525
Portland office fax: 503-326-7528

Jeff Merkley (D)
Portland office phone: 503-326-3386
Portland office fax: 503-326-2900

Peter DeFazio (D)
Eugene office phone: 541-465-6732
Eugene office fax: 541-465-6458

Earl Blumenauer (D)
Portland office phone: 503-231-2300
Portland office fax: 503-230-5413

David Wu (D)
Portland office phone: 503-422-4003
Portland office fax: 503-326-5066

Kurt Schrader (D)
Salem office phone: 503-588-9100
Salem office fax: 503-588-5517
Greg Walden (R)
Bend office phone: 541-389-4408
Bend office fax: 541-389-4452

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cabin Fee Act of 2010 assigned to the House Committee on Natural Resources as bill HR 4888

~A Message from Sharon Karr~

HR 4888
Title: To revise the Forest Service Recreation Residence Program as it applies to units of the National Forest System derived from the public domain by implementing a simple, equitable, and predictable procedure for determining cabin user fees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Doc [WA-4] (introduced 3/19/2010) Cosponsors (11)
Latest Major Action: 3/19/2010 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
11 Co-sponsors:
Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] - 3/19/2010
Rep Chaffed, Jason [UT-3] - 3/19/2010
Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] - 3/19/2010
Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2] - 3/19/2010
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] - 3/19/2010
Rep McClintock, Tom [CA-4] - 3/19/2010
Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] - 3/19/2010
Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-21] - 3/19/2010
Rep Radanovich, George [CA-19] - 3/19/2010
Rep Rehberg, Denny R. [MT] - 3/19/2010
Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] - 3/19/2010

If you reside in the district of any of these co-sponsors please consider sending an email or fax, thanking them for their support.

We will be asking everyone to re-engage his or her Congressperson. We will need as many additional co-sponsors as possible, with an emphasis on the Democrats. We will be contacting everyone early next week with the C2 plan for soliciting more co-sponsors. Your efforts in your local districts will be the difference in our success or not. Critical mass comes from your involvement.

Thanks for your support.
Sharon Karr
C2 Representative - Diamond Lake

Thursday, March 4, 2010

2010 National Forest Homeowners Vote-By-Mail Election ~ Insights by Sharon Karr

The NFH annual election is in process. The ballot and candidate statements are included with the spring NFH "Call to Convention" newsletter that is arriving in your mailbox this week. There are multiple candidates for each of the NFH positions that are open.

The Pacific Northwest has a strong slate of candidates. I'm requesting that you review the Oregon, Washington and Idaho candidate statements. I have either worked with or reviewed work by each candidate over the past two years on Cabin Coalition 2. I can personally recommend their commitment and steadfastness to NFH and the cabin program. Among the strongest, and a proven and able leader within NFH and C2 is Pete Bailey, candidate for NFH President. Pete deserves your vote.

Oregon cabin owners have not had NFH representation for several years. Oregon is second only to California in the number of cabins within its borders and we need representation. Brad Aspell with life-long roots at Lake of the Woods, is running for a NFH Director position, and myself, Sharon Karr from Diamond Lake, is running for NFH Treasurer. I ask for your support of fellow Oregonians.

I also highly recommend Barry Davis and George Cardinet as exceptional candidates. I believe equal geographic representation is imperative in understanding and addressing the issues before cabin owners nationwide. And don't overlook the Nominating Committee. They locate, meet, interview and bring forward the very candidates I'm asking you to vote for. Again the Pacific Northwest has able leaders up for election to this important committee.

If you have questions for any of the above candidates, I can put you in touch via email or phone. If you have your NFH ballot and do not know your NFH member number, there will be a postcard containing the number in your mailbox within days. Also, your ballot will be counted if it is received by the April 2, 2010 deadline even if you don't have your NFH number. So with or without your member number, VOTE!

Your vote counts and is IMPORTANT!

Sharon Karr
C2 Rep. - Diamond Lake tract, Oregon

MRFHA - Camp Sherman

MRFHA - Camp Sherman
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