Echo

       Summit

       Permittee

       Association


2017 General Meeting
Saturday, July 1 at noon
Andrew's Grove
(Off Echo Circle near cabin ER25)

About Us

Echo Summit Permittee Association represents the interests of the owners of recreation cabins on US Forest Service land along Echo Summit in California.

The Organization


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA was established in 1980, in part because it was the general view of summit permittees that the Echo Lakes Association--to which most summit permittees then belonged--could not adequately represent the distinctive interests of those whose cabins were not located on the Lakes.  ESPA encompasses the Echo Road and Echo Summit tracts.  All permittees in those tracts are invited to become ESPA Members; children, siblings and friends of permittees may become Associate Members.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->For organizational purposes, each tract is divided into north and south sections, with each section having two representatives on the ESPA Board.  (The sectional line for Echo Road tract is Berkeley Camp.  Echo Summit tract is divided for ESPA purposes where it is crossed by Hwy 50. 


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->At ESPA's annual general meeting, members select a President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as tract section representatives.  These officers and representatives serve on the ESPA Board.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA annual dues are $50 for permittees and $30 for Associate Members (i.e., the children, siblings and friends of regular members).  Checks payable to ESPA can be submitted at the annual meeting or mailed to Bob Humpert (ESPA Treasurer) at 3323 Anita Court, Napa CA 94558.


•  The ESPA Board regularly meets three times a year to consider matters affecting Summit permittees.  It monitors and, if appropriate, responds to government activities and decisions relevant to ESPA members.  Among recent matters involving a Board response:  proposed Forest Service off-season gating/closure of roads into cabin areas; proposed Forest Service fee for early-season snow removal from road to Echo Chalet; road resurfacing and signage; Forest Service lot appraisal policies; the Forest Service's Recreational Residence Policy; the Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest plan; PG&E's tree removal activities.


 


ESPA’s Mission


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->to protect and promote the interests of Echo Summit permittees with respect to their summer homes, including by supporting legal actions when needed for that purpose and maintaining a `quick response' capability in the event of crises;


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]--> to encourage the maintenance of permittee summer homes, and to protect and enhance the beauty of the forest within which they are located;


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]--> to develop and maintain a responsible, cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with relevant government agencies--most importantly, the US Forest Service--and with relevant non-governmental organizations and individuals;


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->to inform members of developments that might affect their summer homes, including changes in relevant government policies and regulations;


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->to provide an opportunity for permittees to share and express concerns and to establish and maintain face-to-face contact with their summer home neighbors. 


   


ESPA Activities.


•  ESPA holds a general membership meeting/social event each July 4th weekend.


• ESPA mails newsletters to its members on an as-needed basis.  It will be establishing a website where information is to be posted regarding such matters as road conditions, cabin insurance options, fire prevention strategies, steps that might be taken to protect against bear break-ins, etc.   


• ESPA has a dues-paying relationship and/or maintains liaison with the Echo Lakes Association, and the National Forest Homeowners (NFH), the Northern Sierra Summer Home Owners, and the Lake Tahoe Basin Tract Alliance.  All ESPA members are automatically members of NFH, receive its newsletters, and benefit from its lobbying activities on behalf of National Forest cabin owners (e.g., by supporting passage of the Cabin Fee Act).  ESPA representatives attend NFH meetings.


• ESPA is recognized by, and maintains contact with, the Forest Service. USFS personnel are regularly invited to, and attend, annual ESPA general meetings.  USFS routinely invites ESPA representatives to attend meetings focused on permittee issues.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA is formally responsible for interfacing with the Forest Service on the reappraisal of cabin sites, e.g., by designating “typical lots” and dealing with the appraiser on his site visits.  It has been aggressive in attempting to assure that the appraisal process takes into consideration the special situation of cabin sites not pertaining to fee-simple “comparables” (e.g., our limited seasonal and road access, permittee-funded water and sewage systems, restrictive USFS policies on such matters as cabin  foot prints, etc.)


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·   <!--[endif]-->ESPA interrelates with other organizations relevant to Summit developments (such as the Lake Valley Fire Department, which has been providing a free-chipping service to our area), as well as with    Berkeley Camp and Echo Chalet.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA provides members-only access to a bear-proof garbage dumpster located in the Berkeley  Camp parking lot on the west side of Echo Lakes Road.  It has also, when members have wished it, arranged for special dumpsters to be available for permittees to dispose of unwanted non-garbage items,  


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->The ESPA Board appreciates and encourages the suggestions, questions and active involvement of all ESPA members.  We all share in the joys associated with our various mountain cabins.  We also share some common problems.  ESPA is available when those problems can be effectively addressed organizationally, with joint resolve.  To be successful, ESPA needs to hear the opinions, and enjoy the support of as many permittees as possible.


 


 


 



ORGANIZATION

 

  • ESPA was established in 1980, in part because it was the general view of summit permittees that the Echo Lakes Association--to which most summit permittees then belonged--could not adequately represent the distinctive interests of those whose cabins were not located on the Lakes.  ESPA encompasses the Echo Road and Echo Summit tracts.  All permittees in those tracts are invited to become ESPA Members; children, siblings and friends of permittees may become Associate Members.
  • For organizational purposes, each tract is divided into north and south sections, with each section having two representatives on the ESPA Board.  (The sectional line for Echo Road tract is Berkeley Camp.  Echo Summit tract is divided for ESPA purposes where it is crossed by Hwy 50. 
  • At ESPA's annual general meeting, members select a President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as tract section representatives.  These officers and representatives serve on the ESPA Board.
  • The ESPA Board regularly meets three times a year to consider matters affecting Summit permittees.  It monitors and, if appropriate, responds to government activities and decisions relevant to ESPA members. 



 

 ESPA's MISSION:

  • To protect and promote the interests of Echo Summit permittees with respect to their summer homes, including by supporting legal actions when needed for that purpose and maintaining a `quick response' capability in the event of crises;
  •  To encourage the maintenance of permittee summer homes, and to protect and enhance the beauty of the forest within which they are located;
  • To develop and maintain a responsible, cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with relevant government agencies--most importantly, the US Forest Service--and with relevant non-governmental organizations and individuals;
  • To inform members of developments that might affect their summer homes, including Tchanges in relevant government policies and regulations;
  • To provide an opportunity for permittees to share and express concerns and to establish and maintain face-to-face contact with their summer home neighbors.

The Organization

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA was established in 1980, in part because it was the general view of summit permittees that the Echo Lakes Association--to which most summit permittees then belonged--could not adequately represent the distinctive interests of those whose cabins were not located on the Lakes.  ESPA encompasses the Echo Road and Echo Summit tracts.  All permittees in those tracts are invited to become ESPA Members; children, siblings and friends of permittees may become Associate Members.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->For organizational purposes, each tract is divided into north and south sections, with each section having two representatives on the ESPA Board.  (The sectional line for Echo Road tract is Berkeley Camp.  Echo Summit tract is divided for ESPA purposes where it is crossed by Hwy 50. 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->At ESPA's annual general meeting, members select a President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as tract section representatives.  These officers and representatives serve on the ESPA Board.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA annual dues are $50 for permittees and $30 for Associate Members (i.e., the children, siblings and friends of regular members).  Checks payable to ESPA can be submitted at the annual meeting or mailed to Bob Humpert (ESPA Treasurer) at 3323 Anita Court, Napa CA 94558.

•  The ESPA Board regularly meets three times a year to consider matters affecting Summit permittees.  It monitors and, if appropriate, responds to government activities and decisions relevant to ESPA members.  Among recent matters involving a Board response:  proposed Forest Service off-season gating/closure of roads into cabin areas; proposed Forest Service fee for early-season snow removal from road to Echo Chalet; road resurfacing and signage; Forest Service lot appraisal policies; the Forest Service's Recreational Residence Policy; the Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest plan; PG&E's tree removal activities.

ESPA’s Mission

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·     <!--[endif]-->to protect and promote the interests of Echo Summit permittees with respect to their summer homes, including by supporting legal actions when needed for that purpose and maintaining a `quick response' capability in the event of crises;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]--> to encourage the maintenance of permittee summer homes, and to protect and enhance the beauty of the forest within which they are located;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]--> to develop and maintain a responsible, cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with relevant government agencies--most importantly, the US Forest Service--and with relevant non-governmental organizations and individuals;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->to inform members of developments that might affect their summer homes, including changes in relevant government policies and regulations;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->to provide an opportunity for permittees to share and express concerns and to establish and maintain face-to-face contact with their summer home neighbors. 

   

ESPA Activities.

•  ESPA holds a general membership meeting/social event each July 4th weekend.

• ESPA mails newsletters to its members on an as-needed basis.  It will be establishing a website where information is to be posted regarding such matters as road conditions, cabin insurance options, fire prevention strategies, steps that might be taken to protect against bear break-ins, etc.  

• ESPA has a dues-paying relationship and/or maintains liaison with the Echo Lakes Association, and the National Forest Homeowners (NFH), the Northern Sierra Summer Home Owners, and the Lake Tahoe Basin Tract Alliance.  All ESPA members are automatically members of NFH, receive its newsletters, and benefit from its lobbying activities on behalf of National Forest cabin owners (e.g., by supporting passage of the Cabin Fee Act).  ESPA representatives attend NFH meetings.

• ESPA is recognized by, and maintains contact with, the Forest Service. USFS personnel are regularly invited to, and attend, annual ESPA general meetings.  USFS routinely invites ESPA representatives to attend meetings focused on permittee issues.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA is formally responsible for interfacing with the Forest Service on the reappraisal of cabin sites, e.g., by designating “typical lots” and dealing with the appraiser on his site visits.  It has been aggressive in attempting to assure that the appraisal process takes into consideration the special situation of cabin sites not pertaining to fee-simple “comparables” (e.g., our limited seasonal and road access, permittee-funded water and sewage systems, restrictive USFS policies on such matters as cabin  foot prints, etc.)

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·   <!--[endif]-->ESPA interrelates with other organizations relevant to Summit developments (such as the Lake Valley Fire Department, which has been providing a free-chipping service to our area), as well as with    Berkeley Camp and Echo Chalet.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->ESPA provides members-only access to a bear-proof garbage dumpster located in the Berkeley  Camp parking lot on the west side of Echo Lakes Road.  It has also, when members have wished it, arranged for special dumpsters to be available for permittees to dispose of unwanted non-garbage items, 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      <!--[endif]-->The ESPA Board appreciates and encourages the suggestions, questions and active involvement of all ESPA members.  We all share in the joys associated with our various mountain cabins.  We also share some common problems.  ESPA is available when those problems can be effectively addressed organizationally, with joint resolve.  To be successful, ESPA needs to hear the opinions, and enjoy the support of as many permittees as possible.

 

 

ACTIVITIES
 
  • The ESPA Cabin Tour previously scheduled for September 31, 2013 has been cancelled due to smoke from the Rim Fire.  We will try again over Laber Day weekend 2014.
  • ESPA holds a general membership meeting/social event each July 4th weekend.
  • A group hike is led each July 4th weekend.  If you have ideas for a hike, contact any board member. 
  • ESPA mails newsletters to its members on an as-needed basis.
  • ESPA has a dues-paying relationship and/or maintains liaison with the Echo Lakes Association, and the National Forest Homeowners (NFH), the Northern Sierra Summer Home Owners, and the Lake Tahoe Basin Tract Alliance.  All ESPA members are automatically members of NFH, receive its newsletters, and benefit from its lobbying activities on behalf of National Forest cabin owners (e.g., by supporting passage of the Cabin Fee Act).  ESPA representatives attend NFH meetings.
  • ESPA is recognized by, and maintains contact with, the Forest Service. USFS personnel are regularly invited to, and attend, annual ESPA general meetings.  USFS routinely invites ESPA representatives to attend meetings focused on permittee issues.
  • ESPA is formally responsible for interfacing with the Forest Service on the reappraisal of cabin sites, e.g., by designating “typical lots” and dealing with the appraiser on his site visits.  It has been aggressive in attempting to assure that the appraisal process takes into consideration the special situation of cabin sites not pertaining to fee-simple “comparables” (e.g., our limited seasonal and road access, permittee-funded water and sewage systems, restrictive USFS policies on such matters as cabin  foot prints, etc.)
  • ESPA interrelates with other organizations relevant to Summit developments (such as the Lake Valley Fire Department, which has been providing a free-chipping service to our area), as well as with Berkeley Camp and Echo Chalet.
  • ESPA provides members-only access to a bear-proof garbage dumpster located in the Berkeley  Camp parking lot on the west side of Echo Lakes Road.  It has also, when members have wished it, arranged for special dumpsters to be available for permittees to dispose of unwanted non-garbage items.