60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment, 9354-9355 [08-740]

Download as PDF 9354 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 20, 2008 / Notices The 15member Council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in southwestern Idaho. RAC Officers for the 2008 Fiscal Year will be elected. The Council will be briefed by a representative of Idaho’s U.S. Senator Mike Crapo’s office regarding the Fee Repeal and Expanded Access Act of 2007 that he is a cosponsor of with Montana’s U.S. Senator Mike Baucus. The bill would repeal the 2004 passed Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. There will be a discussion about the West-Wide Energy Corridor Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and proposed routes going through the District’s public lands. Hot Topics will be discussed by the District Manager and Field Office managers will provide highlights on activities in their offices. Agenda items and location may change due to changing circumstances. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Council. Each formal Council meeting will also have time allocated for hearing public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM Coordinator as provided above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: February 8, 2008. David Wolf, Associate, District Manager. [FR Doc. E8–3072 Filed 2–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment Department of the Interior, National Park Service. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new collection of information (1024–xxxx). DATES: Public comments will be accepted on the proposed Information VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Feb 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 Collection Request (ICR) on or before April 21, 2008. ADDRESSES: Send Comments To: Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands. Indiana University Research Park, RE: Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), 501 N. Morton Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, Indiana 474074; or via phone at 812/855–3095; or via fax 812/ 856–5600; or via e-mail at eppley@indiana.edu. Also, you may send comments to Leonard E. Stowe, NPS Information Collection Clearance Officer, 1849 C St., NW., (2605), Washington, DC 20240, or by e-mail at leonard stowe@nps.gov. All responses of this notice will be summarized and included in the request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. To Request a Draft of Proposed Collection of Information Contact: Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands Indiana University Research Park, RE: ASIS, 501 N. Morton Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, Indiana 47404; or via phone at 812/855–3095; or via fax at 812/855–5600; or via e-mail at eppley@indiana.edu. Dr. James Gramann, NPS Social Science Program, 1201 ‘‘Eye’’ Street, Washington, DC 20005; or via phone at 202/513–7189; or via e-mail at James_Gramann@partner.nps.gov. You are entitled to a copy of the entire ICR package free of charge once the package is submitted to OMB for review. You can access this ICR at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Assessing Visitor Attitudes, Experiences and Expectations associated with the Management and Use of Over-sand Vehicles at Assateague Island National Seashore. Bureau Form Number: None. OMB Number: To be requested. Expiration Date: To be requested. Type of Request: New collection. Description of Need: The proposed study would provide information for use in identifying and evaluating alternatives for future management of Over-Sand Vehicle (OSV) use at Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), Maryland. The purpose of this research is to provide park managers with information about the types and characteristics of visitors to the OSV zone and adjacent backcountry areas, attributes of the OSV zone important to the quality of visitor experience, and visitor attitudes regarding OSV management and resource protection practices. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The use of Over-Sand Vehicles (OSVs) for access and recreation is a traditional activity that was occurring on ASIS prior to the establishment of ASIS in 1965. Management of OSV use was formalized with the adoption of special regulations (36 CFR 7.65) in 1974, which established a maximum limit of 145 vehicles using the Maryland District OSV zone at any time, vehicle and equipment requirements, an OSV permit system, and general requirements for legal OSV operation. OSV use was reevaluated during development of the Seashore’s 1982 General Management Plan (GMP). The GMP designated a ‘‘Traditional Recreation Subzone’’ in the Maryland District approximately 12miles long to be managed for multiple uses including over-sand travel by properly equipped and permitted OSVs. The Traditional Recreation Subzone also includes a small area for overnight accommodation of self-contained OSVs, and tow hike-in, beach front, primitive backcountry campgrounds. In 2008, the NPS will begin a revision of the GMP for ASIS. GMPs are broad umbrella documents that set the longterm goals for an individual park unit based upon the area’s enabling legislation and other relevant laws and executive orders. The GMP (1) clearly defines the desired natural and cultural resource conditions to be achieved and maintained over time; (2) clearly defines the necessary conditions for visitors to understand, enjoy, and appreciate the park’s significant resources; (3) identifies the kinds and levels of management activities, visitor use, and development that are appropriate for maintaining the desired conditions; and (4) identifies indicators and standards for maintaining the desired conditions. The proposed study will develop information about contemporary OSV use and the nature and expectations of visitors to the Traditional Recreation Subzone. The results are expected to assist in the upcoming GMP revision process by providing currently unavailable information for decisionmaking related to the future management of OSV use at the National Seashore. The study has two primary objectives: (1) Develop baseline data on users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone including types, frequency and patterns of use, and socio-economic and demographic characteristics: and (2) identify potential indicators and standards of quality for maintaining the desired visitor experience in the Traditional Recreation Subzone. To accomplish these objectives, the proposed study includes two components. The first focuses on OSV permit holders utilizing the ASIS E:\FR\FM\20FEN1.SGM 20FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 20, 2008 / Notices Traditional Recreation Subzone. The second component targets other, nonOSV users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone. 1. Survey OSV Permit Holders Utilizing the Traditional Recreation Subzone The purpose of the proposed research is to provide park managers with information about National Seashore OSV users, attributes and quality of the current OSV experience, and user attitudes regarding OSV management. A randomly selected group of current (2008) OSV permit holders will be provided survey questionnaires either in-person or through the mail. The survey will include questions intended to develop information describing OSV user demographics, the frequency, patterns and type of OSV use, standards of quality and factors influencing visitor experience (both positive and negative), and user attitudes regarding the impacts of current and potential future OSV management and resource protection practices. This research is proposed for the summer and fall of 2008. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 2. Survey Non-OSV Users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone The second component of the proposed research is intended to provide park managers with information about other, non-OSV users of the National Seashore’s Traditional Recreation Subzone. Non-OSV users of the Subzone include day use hikers, overnight campers using the hike-in primitive backcountry campgrounds, and boat-in visitors. A randomly selected group of visitors issued backcountry camping permits between September 1, 2007 and August 30, 2008, will be provided survey questionnaires through the mail. The survey will include questions similar to the types described above for Component 1, except that the intent will be to develop information from the perspective of non-OSV users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone. This research is proposed for the summer and fall of 2008. The obligation to respond is voluntary. Automated data collection: This information will be collected via questionnaires, distributed either on-site or through the mail. No automated data collection will take place. Description of respondents: Component 1—on-site or mail-back surveys: ASIS OSV special use permit holders for calendar year 2008. Component 2—mail-back surveys: ASIS visitors issued backcountry camping permits between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Feb 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 Estimated average number of respondents: Component 1: 300 respondents; Component 2: 200 respondents. Estimated average burden hours per response: Component 1: 15 minutes; Component 2: 15 minutes. Frequency of Response: 1 time per respondent. Estimated annual reporting burden: 125 hours. Comments are invited on: (1) The practical utility of the information being gathered; (2) the accuracy of the burden hour estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden to respondents, including use of automated information collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from pubic view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: February 11, 2008. Leonard E. Stowe, NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 08–740 Filed 2–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–60–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan for Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environment Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(c), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of a draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan (EIS/GMP) for Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota. DATES: The draft EIS/GMP will remain available for public review for 60 days following the publishing of the notice of its availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Public meetings will be held during the 60-day review period. You may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may comment PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9355 via the Internet through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment Web site (http:// parkplanning.nps.gov); simply click on the link to Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. You may mail comments to Superintendent Mark Herberger, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, 21280 South Dakota Highway 240, Philip, South Dakota 57567. You may contact the Superintendent by telephone at 605–433–5552 or by fax at 605–433–5558. Finally, you may handdeliver comments to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site headquarters at the address above. ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft EIS/GMP are available from Superintendent Mark Herberger, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, 21280 South Dakota Highway 240, Philip, South Dakota 57567. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This GMP will guide the management of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site for the next 25 years. The draft GMP considers four draft conceptual alternatives—a no-action and threeaction alternatives, including the NPS preferred alternative. The draft document will also include the NPS’s preferred location for the visitor/ administrative facility. The NPS preferred alternative would be to present the Delta facilities as symbols that commemorate the Cold War. In this alternative, Delta One would be restored to its active duty alert condition with many original furnishings and items still in place. Guided ranger shuttle tours would be required to access this facility. The Delta Nine facility would remain as it is today. This would be a self-guided experience with parking and interpretive information located nearby. The draft EIS assesses impacts to cultural resources (archaeological resources, historic buildings and structures, cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, and museum collections); natural resources (air quality, vegetation, and wildlife); visitor use and experience; socioeconomic environment; and park administration and operations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Superintendent, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, at the address or telephone number above. Before including your address, telephone number, electronic mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment (including your personal identifying information) may be made publicly available at any time. While E:\FR\FM\20FEN1.SGM 20FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 20, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of 
Information; Opportunity for Public Comment

AGENCY:  Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

ACTION:  Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the 
National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new 
collection of information (1024-xxxx).

DATES: Public comments will be accepted on the proposed Information 
Collection Request (ICR) on or before April 21, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send Comments To: Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands. 
Indiana University Research Park, RE: Assateague Island National 
Seashore (ASIS), 501 N. Morton Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, Indiana 
474074; or via phone at 812/855-3095; or via fax 812/856-5600; or via 
e-mail at eppley@indiana.edu. Also, you may send comments to Leonard E. 
Stowe, NPS Information Collection Clearance Officer, 1849 C St., NW., 
(2605), Washington, DC 20240, or by e-mail at leonard stowe@nps.gov. 
All responses of this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All 
comments will become a matter of public record.
    To Request a Draft of Proposed Collection of Information Contact: 
Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands Indiana University Research 
Park, RE: ASIS, 501 N. Morton Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, Indiana 
47404; or via phone at 812/855-3095; or via fax at 812/855-5600; or via 
e-mail at eppley@indiana.edu.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. James Gramann, NPS Social Science 
Program, 1201 ``Eye'' Street, Washington, DC 20005; or via phone at 
202/513-7189; or via e-mail at James_Gramann@partner.nps.gov. You are 
entitled to a copy of the entire ICR package free of charge once the 
package is submitted to OMB for review. You can access this ICR at 
http://www.reginfo.gov/public/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Assessing Visitor Attitudes, Experiences and Expectations 
associated with the Management and Use of Over-sand Vehicles at 
Assateague Island National Seashore.
    Bureau Form Number: None.
    OMB Number: To be requested.
    Expiration Date: To be requested.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Description of Need: The proposed study would provide information 
for use in identifying and evaluating alternatives for future 
management of Over-Sand Vehicle (OSV) use at Assateague Island National 
Seashore (ASIS), Maryland. The purpose of this research is to provide 
park managers with information about the types and characteristics of 
visitors to the OSV zone and adjacent backcountry areas, attributes of 
the OSV zone important to the quality of visitor experience, and 
visitor attitudes regarding OSV management and resource protection 
practices.
    The use of Over-Sand Vehicles (OSVs) for access and recreation is a 
traditional activity that was occurring on ASIS prior to the 
establishment of ASIS in 1965. Management of OSV use was formalized 
with the adoption of special regulations (36 CFR 7.65) in 1974, which 
established a maximum limit of 145 vehicles using the Maryland District 
OSV zone at any time, vehicle and equipment requirements, an OSV permit 
system, and general requirements for legal OSV operation. OSV use was 
re-evaluated during development of the Seashore's 1982 General 
Management Plan (GMP). The GMP designated a ``Traditional Recreation 
Subzone'' in the Maryland District approximately 12-miles long to be 
managed for multiple uses including over-sand travel by properly 
equipped and permitted OSVs. The Traditional Recreation Subzone also 
includes a small area for overnight accommodation of self-contained 
OSVs, and tow hike-in, beach front, primitive backcountry campgrounds.
    In 2008, the NPS will begin a revision of the GMP for ASIS. GMPs 
are broad umbrella documents that set the long-term goals for an 
individual park unit based upon the area's enabling legislation and 
other relevant laws and executive orders. The GMP (1) clearly defines 
the desired natural and cultural resource conditions to be achieved and 
maintained over time; (2) clearly defines the necessary conditions for 
visitors to understand, enjoy, and appreciate the park's significant 
resources; (3) identifies the kinds and levels of management 
activities, visitor use, and development that are appropriate for 
maintaining the desired conditions; and (4) identifies indicators and 
standards for maintaining the desired conditions.
    The proposed study will develop information about contemporary OSV 
use and the nature and expectations of visitors to the Traditional 
Recreation Subzone. The results are expected to assist in the upcoming 
GMP revision process by providing currently unavailable information for 
decision-making related to the future management of OSV use at the 
National Seashore. The study has two primary objectives: (1) Develop 
baseline data on users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone including 
types, frequency and patterns of use, and socio-economic and 
demographic characteristics: and (2) identify potential indicators and 
standards of quality for maintaining the desired visitor experience in 
the Traditional Recreation Subzone.
    To accomplish these objectives, the proposed study includes two 
components. The first focuses on OSV permit holders utilizing the ASIS

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Traditional Recreation Subzone. The second component targets other, 
non-OSV users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone.

1. Survey OSV Permit Holders Utilizing the Traditional Recreation 
Subzone

    The purpose of the proposed research is to provide park managers 
with information about National Seashore OSV users, attributes and 
quality of the current OSV experience, and user attitudes regarding OSV 
management. A randomly selected group of current (2008) OSV permit 
holders will be provided survey questionnaires either in-person or 
through the mail. The survey will include questions intended to develop 
information describing OSV user demographics, the frequency, patterns 
and type of OSV use, standards of quality and factors influencing 
visitor experience (both positive and negative), and user attitudes 
regarding the impacts of current and potential future OSV management 
and resource protection practices. This research is proposed for the 
summer and fall of 2008.

2. Survey Non-OSV Users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone

    The second component of the proposed research is intended to 
provide park managers with information about other, non-OSV users of 
the National Seashore's Traditional Recreation Subzone. Non-OSV users 
of the Subzone include day use hikers, overnight campers using the 
hike-in primitive backcountry campgrounds, and boat-in visitors. A 
randomly selected group of visitors issued backcountry camping permits 
between September 1, 2007 and August 30, 2008, will be provided survey 
questionnaires through the mail. The survey will include questions 
similar to the types described above for Component 1, except that the 
intent will be to develop information from the perspective of non-OSV 
users of the Traditional Recreation Subzone. This research is proposed 
for the summer and fall of 2008. The obligation to respond is 
voluntary.
    Automated data collection: This information will be collected via 
questionnaires, distributed either on-site or through the mail. No 
automated data collection will take place.
    Description of respondents: Component 1--on-site or mail-back 
surveys: ASIS OSV special use permit holders for calendar year 2008. 
Component 2--mail-back surveys: ASIS visitors issued backcountry 
camping permits between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008.
    Estimated average number of respondents: Component 1: 300 
respondents; Component 2: 200 respondents.
    Estimated average burden hours per response: Component 1: 15 
minutes; Component 2: 15 minutes.
    Frequency of Response: 1 time per respondent.
    Estimated annual reporting burden: 125 hours.
    Comments are invited on: (1) The practical utility of the 
information being gathered; (2) the accuracy of the burden hour 
estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden to 
respondents, including use of automated information collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Before including 
your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your 
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be 
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to 
withhold your personal identifying information from pubic view, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: February 11, 2008.
Leonard E. Stowe,
NPS, Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 08-740 Filed 2-19-08; 8:45 am]
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