The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation to keep fees for private cabins in national forests affordable, a policy that Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., has championed.
The legislation was inserted in the annual authorization bill for defense policy based on bills that Hastings has introduced repeatedly, most recently this year.
Central Washington has thousands of family owned cabins that have been passed down from generation to generation. But their ownership has been threatened by a faulty appraisal system that has allowed annual fees to increase exponentially, according to Hastings.
The bill, which the Senate is expected to consider next week, would set a six-tiered fee structure that Hastings said is predictable and fair.