Other Permits

Summer Recreational Residences

549 privately owned recreation cabins are situated on National Forest System lands on the Zigzag Ranger District.  The cabin program has been in existence since the 1930’s and provides a unique recreational experience.  The cabin owners obtain a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service which allows them to maintain and use their cabin on National Forest System lands for recreational use on a part-time basis.  For more information please check out the links on this webpage and contact the Recreation Residence Permit Administrator Jay G. Martin (Greg), at 503-622-2031 or by email jay.g.martin@usda.gov


Prospective and Current Owners and Realtors

Doing Work On Your Cabin? Get Approval!

Projects Approval Requests are Accepted August 15 through November 15 each year.

Requests for Hot Tub Installation

Permit Renewal

The Special-Use Permits for all 554 Recreation Cabins existing in 2008 expired on December 31, 2008.  Listed below are links that describe the Recreation Residence Consistency Review process. The process was undertaken to determine whether 20 year permits could be issued for the summer home program.  

Environmental Analysis Documents

The following are links to the various environmental documents which documented the decisions to reissue permits to owners of recreation residences within the various tracts of recreation residences.

Fisheries Biological Evaluations

Cabin Permit Fees

Historic Tract Evaluations

Additional Information on Historic Preservation

Vegetation Information

chamomile, invasive plant

Fire Information


Key Contacts

Email us at:

District Ranger, Bill Westbrook bill.westbrook@usda.gov     (503) 622-2001

Recreation Residence Permit Administrator, Jay G. Martin (Greg), jay.g.martin@usda.gov    (503) 622-2031

Special Uses Program Manager, Nathan Fletcher, nathan.fletcher@usda.gov     (503) 622-2030

Zigzag District Office, (503) 622-3191

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