Proposed Information Collection; Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and Activity Reports for National Wildlife Refuges, 43337-43339 [2011-18252]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 20, 2011 / Notices speech-impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at 1–800– 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section A. Authority Section B. Authority Excepted The authority delegated in this document does not include the authority to sue or be sued or to issue or waive regulations. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Section C. Authority to Redelegate The General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs is authorized to redelegate to employees of HUD any of the authority delegated under Section A. Section D. Authority Superseded This delegation supersedes all prior delegations of authority from the Secretary to the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. 18:29 Jul 19, 2011 Dated: June 29, 2011. Shaun Donovan, Secretary. 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Order of Succession Subject to the provisions of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, during any period when, by reason of absence, disability, or vacancy in office, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs is not available to exercise the powers PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43337 or perform the duties of the office of the Assistant Secretary, the following officials within the Office of Public Affairs are hereby designated to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Office: (1) Press Secretary; (2) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs; and (3) Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist. These officials shall perform the functions and duties of the office in the order specified herein, and no official shall serve unless all the other officials, whose position titles precede his/hers in this order, are unable to act by reason of absence, disability, or vacancy in office. Section B. Authority Superseded This Order of Succession supersedes all prior orders of succession for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. Authority: Section 7(d), Department of Housing and Urban Development Act, 42 U.S.C. 3535(d). Dated: June 29, 2011. Neill Coleman, General Deputy Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–18160 Filed 7–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R9–R–2011–N152; 93261–12630000– 9X] Proposed Information Collection; Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and Activity Reports for National Wildlife Refuges Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew approval for the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1 43338 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 20, 2011 / Notices To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by September 19, 2011. DATES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042–PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail). Please include ‘‘1018–0140’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail) or 703–358– 2482 (telephone). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), as amended (Administration Act), and the Refuge Recreation Act of 1962 (16 U.S.C. 460k– 460k–4) (Recreation Act) govern the administration and uses of national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts. The Administration Act consolidated all the different refuge areas into a single Refuge System. It also authorizes us to permit public uses, including hunting and fishing, on lands of the Refuge System when we find that the activity is compatible and appropriate with the purpose for which the refuge was established. The Recreation Act allows the use of refuges for public recreation when the use is not inconsistent or does not interfere with the primary purpose(s) of the refuge. There are 408 national wildlife refuges where we administer hunting and/or fishing programs. We only collect user information at about 20 percent of these refuges. Information that we plan to collect will help us: • Administer and monitor hunting and fishing programs on refuges. • Distribute hunting and fishing permits in a fair and equitable manner to eligible participants. We use nine application and report forms associated with hunting and fishing on refuges. We may not allow all opportunities on all refuges; therefore, we developed different forms to simplify the process and avoid confusion for applicants. The currently approved forms are available online at http://www.fws.gov/forms/. Not all refuges will use each form and some refuges may collect the identical information in a nonform format. We use the following application forms when we assign areas, dates, and/ or types of hunts via a drawing because of limited resources, high demand, or when a permit is needed to hunt. We issue application forms for specific periods, usually seasonally or annually. • FWS Form 3–2354 (Quota Deer Hunt Application). • FWS Form 3–2355 (Waterfowl Lottery Application). • FWS Form 3–2356 (Big/Upland Game Hunt Application). • FWS Form 3–2357 (Migratory Bird Hunt Application). • FWS Form 3–2358 (Fishing/ Shrimping/Crabbing Application). We collect information on: • Applicant (name, address, phone number) so that we can notify applicants of their selection. • User preferences (dates, areas, method) so that we can distribute users equitably. • Whether or not the applicant is applying for a special opportunity for disabled or youth hunters. • Age of youth hunter(s) so that we can establish eligibility. We ask users to report on their success after their experience so that we can evaluate hunting/fishing quality and resource impacts. We use the following Number of respondents sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Activity FWS FWS FWS FWS FWS FWS FWS FWS FWS Form Form Form Form Form Form Form Form Form 3–2354 3–2355 3–2356 3–2357 3–2358 3–2359 3–2360 3–2361 3–2362 II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–0140. Title: Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and Activity Reports for National Wildlife Refuges, 50 CFR parts 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, and 32. Service Form Number(s): FWS Forms 3–2354, 3–2355, 3–2356, 3–2357, 3– 2358, 3–2359, 3–2360, 3–2361, 3–2362. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: Individuals and households. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency of Collection: On occasion (for applications, usually once per year at the beginning of the hunting season; for activity reports, once at the conclusion of the hunting/fishing experience). Nonhour Cost Burden: We estimate the annual nonhour cost burden to be $60,000 for hunting application fees at some refuges. Number of responses Completion time per response ( utes) Total annual burden hours 18:29 Jul 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 180,000 93,000 2,600 5,200 2,600 88,000 412,000 31,000 26,000 180,000 93,000 2,600 5,200 2,600 88,000 412,000 31,000 26,000 30 30 30 30 30 15 15 15 15 90,000 46,500 1,300 2,600 1,300 22,000 103,000 7,750 6,500 840,400 VerDate Mar<15>2010 .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... activity reports, which we distribute during appropriate seasons, as determined by State or Federal regulations. • FWS Form 3–2359 (Big Game Harvest Report). • FWS Form 3–2360 (Fishing Report). • FWS Form 3–2361 (Migratory Bird Hunt Report). • FWS Form 3–2362 (Upland/Small Game/Furbearer Report). We collect information on: • Names of users so we can differentiate between responses. • City and State of residence so that we can better understand if users are local or traveling. • Dates, time, and number in party so we can identify use trends and allocate staff and resources. • Details of success by species so that we can evaluate quality of experience and resource impacts. 840,400 ........................ 280,950 E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 20, 2011 / Notices III. Comments We invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to imize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. 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 made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: July 14, 2011. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2011–18252 Filed 7–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R2–R–2011–N114; 1261–0000–29154– 4A] Hunt Fee at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, TX Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent to Implement a Hunt Fee. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our intent to implement a hunt fee at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), located in Texas, as authorized by Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA). The Refuge’s proposed fee is $12.50 for lottery deer and feral hog hunt. Under REA provisions, the Refuge will identify and post the specific fee. DATES: Submit your comments on this action by August 19, 2011. Unless we publish a notice in the Federal Register sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Jul 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 withdrawing this action, we will implement the hunt fee on January 16, 2012 at the Refuge. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments by one of the following methods: • By U.S. mail to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Visitor Services, 500 Gold Ave., SW., Room 4504, Albuquerque, NM 87102. • By fax to: (505) 248–6621. • By e-mail to: Ken_Garrahan@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Garrahan, at (505) 248–6635. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is the regulatory agency for wildlife in Texas. To monitor deer population dynamics throughout the state, TPWD has identified 33 unique Resource Management Units (RMUs) having similar soils, vegetation types and land use practices. TPWD collects, compiles, and analyzes deer population data from identified RMUs and associated ecoregions throughout the state and adjusts deer hunting regulations accordingly. Caddo Lake NWR is within RMU 16 where deer densities increased from 8.7 to 15.1 deer per 1,000 acres and recruitment decreased almost 50 percent from 2005 to 2008. The Refuge has worked in cooperation with TPWD biologists and staff to monitor the deer herd on Caddo Lake NWR. In 2008 and 2009, Refuge and TPWD staff conducted spotlight surveys, browse surveys, forest understory evaluations and review of historic and ongoing Army deer hunt data (prior to 2004, the land was under the jurisdiction of the United States Army, Department of Defense). The data indicate that the Refuge deer herd is at/ near carrying capacity (K) levels, or that it exceeds K levels in certain areas of the Refuge. During this 2-year period, deer density on the refuge has increased from 34.3 to 58.9 deer per 1,000 acres. Estimated doe per buck ratio also increased from 2:1 to 3:1, while recruitment remained low, at near 0.15 fawns per doe. Accordingly, the proposed limited deer hunt will reduce the number of deer to obtain a more healthy and sustainable population on the Refuge. Feral hogs are an extremely invasive exotic species that is not considered a game species by the State of Texas. Texas is home to an estimated 2 million feral hogs. This is due in part to intentional releases, suitable habitat, disease eradication, limited natural predators, and high reproductive potential. There are very few inhibiting factors to curtail this population growth. PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43339 The hunting of feral hogs has become a popular sport in the State, and the public interest would best be served by allowing this activity on the refuge. The damaging effects of feral hogs were present prior to the establishment of the refuge, and their numbers and damaging effects on the habitat and native wildlife species will continue to increase without a control mechanism. If a control mechanism (i.e. hunting or trapping) is not established and implemented, feral hogs will degrade the refuge habitat and have a negative impact on native wildlife species. We announce our intent to implement a $12.50 hunt fee for a lottery deer and feral hog hunt at the Refuge under 16 U.S.C. 6802(g) of the REA. The Refuge plans to use collected fees to defray costs associated with a hunting program on the Refuge. Fees garnered through this program will be used to offset expenses in operating the hunt, including providing refuge hunt permits/brochures, boundary line/hunt area signage, maintenance of overtime by law enforcement officers, employee salaries dedicated to the administration of the hunts, and for expansion and improvement of parking areas, and improved accessibility for mobility impaired hunters. It is our policy to only allow activities that are appropriate and compatible with the Refuge’s purposes. Public Availability of Comments 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 made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authorities and Requirements of the REA In December 2004, the REA became law (16 U.S.C. 6801–6814). The REA provides authority through December 2014 for the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to establish, modify, charge, and collect recreation fees for use at some Federal recreation lands and waters, and contains specific provisions addressing public involvement in the establishment of recreation fees. The REA also directed the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to publish advance notice in the Federal Register whenever bureaus E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-R-2011-N152; 93261-12630000-9X]


Proposed Information Collection; Hunting and Fishing Application 
Forms and Activity Reports for National Wildlife Refuges

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to renew approval for the information 
collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork 
and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal 
agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is 
scheduled to expire on January 31, 2012. We may not conduct or sponsor 
and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information 
unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

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DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by September 19, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-PDM, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail). Please include ``1018-0140'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), as amended (Administration Act), and the Refuge 
Recreation Act of 1962 (16 U.S.C. 460k-460k-4) (Recreation Act) govern 
the administration and uses of national wildlife refuges and wetland 
management districts. The Administration Act consolidated all the 
different refuge areas into a single Refuge System. It also authorizes 
us to permit public uses, including hunting and fishing, on lands of 
the Refuge System when we find that the activity is compatible and 
appropriate with the purpose for which the refuge was established. The 
Recreation Act allows the use of refuges for public recreation when the 
use is not inconsistent or does not interfere with the primary 
purpose(s) of the refuge.
    There are 408 national wildlife refuges where we administer hunting 
and/or fishing programs. We only collect user information at about 20 
percent of these refuges. Information that we plan to collect will help 
us:
     Administer and monitor hunting and fishing programs on 
refuges.
     Distribute hunting and fishing permits in a fair and 
equitable manner to eligible participants.
    We use nine application and report forms associated with hunting 
and fishing on refuges. We may not allow all opportunities on all 
refuges; therefore, we developed different forms to simplify the 
process and avoid confusion for applicants. The currently approved 
forms are available online at http://www.fws.gov/forms/. Not all 
refuges will use each form and some refuges may collect the identical 
information in a nonform format.
    We use the following application forms when we assign areas, dates, 
and/or types of hunts via a drawing because of limited resources, high 
demand, or when a permit is needed to hunt. We issue application forms 
for specific periods, usually seasonally or annually.
     FWS Form 3-2354 (Quota Deer Hunt Application).
     FWS Form 3-2355 (Waterfowl Lottery Application).
     FWS Form 3-2356 (Big/Upland Game Hunt Application).
     FWS Form 3-2357 (Migratory Bird Hunt Application).
     FWS Form 3-2358 (Fishing/Shrimping/Crabbing Application).
    We collect information on:
     Applicant (name, address, phone number) so that we can 
notify applicants of their selection.
     User preferences (dates, areas, method) so that we can 
distribute users equitably.
     Whether or not the applicant is applying for a special 
opportunity for disabled or youth hunters.
     Age of youth hunter(s) so that we can establish 
eligibility.
    We ask users to report on their success after their experience so 
that we can evaluate hunting/fishing quality and resource impacts. We 
use the following activity reports, which we distribute during 
appropriate seasons, as determined by State or Federal regulations.
     FWS Form 3-2359 (Big Game Harvest Report).
     FWS Form 3-2360 (Fishing Report).
     FWS Form 3-2361 (Migratory Bird Hunt Report).
     FWS Form 3-2362 (Upland/Small Game/Furbearer Report).
    We collect information on:
     Names of users so we can differentiate between responses.
     City and State of residence so that we can better 
understand if users are local or traveling.
     Dates, time, and number in party so we can identify use 
trends and allocate staff and resources.
     Details of success by species so that we can evaluate 
quality of experience and resource impacts.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0140.
    Title: Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and Activity Reports 
for National Wildlife Refuges, 50 CFR parts 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, and 32.
    Service Form Number(s): FWS Forms 3-2354, 3-2355, 3-2356, 3-2357, 
3-2358, 3-2359, 3-2360, 3-2361, 3-2362.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Individuals and households.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion (for applications, usually 
once per year at the beginning of the hunting season; for activity 
reports, once at the conclusion of the hunting/fishing experience).
    Nonhour Cost Burden: We estimate the annual nonhour cost burden to 
be $60,000 for hunting application fees at some refuges.

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                                                                                    Completion
                                                     Number of       Number of       time per      Total annual
                    Activity                        respondents      responses      response  (    burden hours
                                                                                       utes)
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FWS Form 3-2354.................................         180,000         180,000              30          90,000
FWS Form 3-2355.................................          93,000          93,000              30          46,500
FWS Form 3-2356.................................           2,600           2,600              30           1,300
FWS Form 3-2357.................................           5,200           5,200              30           2,600
FWS Form 3-2358.................................           2,600           2,600              30           1,300
FWS Form 3-2359.................................          88,000          88,000              15          22,000
FWS Form 3-2360.................................         412,000         412,000              15         103,000
FWS Form 3-2361.................................          31,000          31,000              15           7,750
FWS Form 3-2362.................................          26,000          26,000              15           6,500
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                                                         840,400         840,400  ..............         280,950
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 III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to imize the burden of the collection of information 
on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this IC. 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 made publicly available at any 
time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

    Dated: July 14, 2011.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-18252 Filed 7-19-11; 8:45 am]
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