Recreation Residences

WHAT IS A RECREATION RESIDENCE?

The Forest Service Recreation Residence program gives private citizens the opportunity to own a single-family cabin in designated areas on the National Forests. They are commonly called "summer homes" or "recreation cabins". These privately owned cabins (improvements) are located within formally established "tracts" on "lots" designated for that purpose and are authorized and administered under the terms and conditions of a special use authorization (SUA) called a permit. The individual owns the improvements but not the land. The permit requires the payment of an annual rental fee based upon fair market value of the land, not including improvements, as determined by an appraisal.

  • 15,570 recreation residences occupy National Forest System lands throughout the country.
  • 6,314 are in the Pacific Southwest region (California).
  • 350 are on the Inyo National Forest.

For details regarding the forest management of recreation residences, the Region 5 Supplement 2709.11-2000-1 of the Forest Service Handbook is available on our Pacific Southwest Region 5 Forest Service web page.

SAMPLE SPECIAL USE PERMIT

To review a sample Term Special Use Permit for Recreation Residences, click on the link below.

Download the: FS-2700-5a (05/09) form (pdf)

2007 CUFFA 10-YEAR APPRAISAL CYCLE

Questions & Answers

The Inyo National Forest is in the process of implementing the 2007 CUFFA 10-year appraisal cycle for recreation residence lots. A public informational meeting was held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, to allow permit holders to ask questions about the 10-year appraisal cycle process.  Click on the link above for some commonly asked questions regarding the 10-year appraisal cycle process and how it will affect the recreation residence land use rental fees.