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Forest Service Cabin Appraisals 4/7/2011
Cabin owners on leased forest service land in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are preparing for possible sticker shock as officials are sending out appraisal notices establishing the fees to be paid to the Forest Service for use of the land over the next ten years.

Cabin owners pay 5 percent of the total appraised value of the land on an annual basis. Congress’ intent in setting the fee at five percent was to reflect the value of the permit to the user, and give fair returns to the American public.

The fees collected bypass the Forest Service and are paid directly to the U.S. Treasury, which in turn pays 25 percent back to the states for schools and roads.