Information Collection Request; Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program Lands for Hunting, 14726-14727 [2012-6011]

Download as PDF 14726 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 13, 2012 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2011–0122] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Swine and Swine Products From the European Union Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the importation of swine and swine products from the European Union. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 14, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-01220001. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2011–0122, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0122 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690–2817 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on regulations for the importation of swine and swine products from the European Union, contact Dr. Langston Hull, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Technical Trade Services Team—Animals, NCIE, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3300. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2908. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Mar 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 Title: Importation of Swine and Swine Products from the European Union. OMB Number: 0579–0265. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to, among other things, prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into or dissemination within the United States of animal diseases and pests. Regulations governing the importation of animals and animal products into the United States are contained in 9 CFR parts 92 through 98. The regulations in 9 CFR part 94 prohibit or restrict the importation of certain animals and animal products, including live swine, pork and pork products into the United States to prevent the introduction into U.S. livestock population of certain animal diseases, including classical swine fever (CSF), rinderpest, foot-and-mouth disease, swine vesicular disease, and African swine fever. Section 94.24 deals specifically with the importation of pork and pork products from regions where CSF exists. The regulations allow, under specified conditions, the importation of pork, pork products, and swine from the APHIS-defined European Union CSF region. These requirements necessitate the use of several information collection activities, including certification statements for the importation of pork, pork products, and swine; and the placing of seals on certain conveyances. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents: Foreign animal health officials. Estimated annual number of respondents: 15. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 456.4. Estimated annual number of responses: 6,846. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 6,846 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 7th day of March 2012. Kevin Shea, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2012–5999 Filed 3–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Farm Service Agency Commodity Credit Corporation Information Collection Request; Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program Lands for Hunting Farm Service Agency and Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) are requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a new information collection request associated with the Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Lands for Hunting. DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by May 14, 2012. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your comments, include date, OMB control number, volume, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 13, 2012 / Notices • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Skip Hyberg, Agricultural Economist, Economic and Policy Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 3730, Mail Stop 0519, Washington, DC 20250. Comments also should be sent to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Copies of the information collection may be obtained from Dr. Skip Hyberg at the above address. Dr. Skip Hyberg, (202) 720–9222. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program Lands for Hunting. OMB Control Number: 0560–NEW. Type of Request: New. Abstract: As specified in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, (the 2008 Farm Bill, Pub. L. 110–246), FSA administers the CRP to conserve and improve soil, water, and wildlife resources. Federal investments in the CRP on private cropland enhance essential ecosystem services, including wildlife, and provide improved hunting opportunities in rural areas. Hunters from urban areas within the State and non-residents outside the State are drawn to CRP lands or other private lands surrounding CRP lands for hunting. FSA is required by statute to consider benefits from the enhancement of wildlife habitat when selecting CRP offers. Because hunter spending increases in rural areas as hunting opportunities increase, economic activity and employment within the outdoor recreational sector are enhanced. FSA is responsible for identifying and quantifying the relationship between job creation and investments in CRP lands, as increased outdoor recreation is among the benefits FSA provides in administering the CRP. There have been no statewide assessments of the CRP program on hunting use, expenditures, and jobs in North and South Dakota (ND and SD, respectively). The only prior studies focused on six small areas in ND and are 10 years old. There have been significant changes to the CRP program since that time. In addition, there is mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Mar 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 limited generalizability of the six ND areas to the rest of ND and SD. Without data on hunter use and expenditures, the economic contribution generated by federal investments in CRP cannot be reliably estimated. FSA plans to conduct statewide mail surveys with ND and SD hunters to elicit information on: (a) Their use of CRP lands in terms of days spent hunting there; (b) Expenditure pattern information; and (c) Net economic values. The primary objective of the survey is to estimate the employment and income contribution of current CRP lands to the rural areas within the respective States, and possible changes to jobs and income emanating from changes in the CRP program. We have discussed the survey with the State Fish and Game agencies and tentatively selected mail surveys. Mail surveys appear to be the best unbiased survey approach because the State Fish and Game agencies do not have email addresses for all hunters, and hunters in many rural locations of ND and SD do not have email access at home. Collection of the data is necessary to evaluate and improve CRP selection criteria and program implementation. Having information on recreationrelated jobs permits a comparison of county-level impacts of CRP land temporarily going out of crop production. Estimate of burden: Public reporting burden for this information collection is estimated to average 20 minutes per response. Frequency of Collection: One time only. Respondents: Hunters in ND and SD. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 2,400. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 2,400. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 800 hours. We are requesting comments on all aspects of this information collection to help us to: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of FSA, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of FSA’s estimate of burden, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14727 are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Signed on March 6, 2012. Bruce Nelson, Administrator, Farm Service Agency, Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 2012–6011 Filed 3–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Tongass National Forest Wrangell Ranger District; Alaska; Wrangell Island Project Environmental Impact Statement Forest Service, USDA. Corrected Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: A Notice of Intent (NOI) was first published for this proposal in the Federal Register (75 FR 81210) on December 27, 2010. This NOI is being published due to the length of time that has passed since the first NOI was published and due to changes made to the Purpose and Need and Proposed Action in response to public input received during the initial scoping period. DATES: Comments received during the initial scoping period in 2010–2011 will be considered in the preparation of this EIS. New or additional comments must be received by March 15, 2012, 45 days from date of publication of this Corrected NOI in the Federal Register. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in December 2012, and the final environmental impact statement is expected in June 2013. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Tongass National Forest, c/o Tim Piazza, 648 Mission Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901, Attn: Wrangell Island Project EIS. Comments may be hand-delivered to the Wrangell Ranger District, 525 Bennett Drive, Wrangell, AK 99929, Attn: Wrangell Island Project EIS. Comments may also be sent via email to: wrangell_island_project_eis@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 907–228–6215, Attn: Wrangell Island Project EIS. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 49 (Tuesday, March 13, 2012)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6011]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Farm Service Agency

Commodity Credit Corporation


Information Collection Request; Economic Assessment of 
Conservation Reserve Program Lands for Hunting

AGENCY: Farm Service Agency and Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) 
are requesting comments from all interested individuals and 
organizations on a new information collection request associated with 
the Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Lands for 
Hunting.

DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by May 14, 2012.

ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your 
comments, include date, OMB control number, volume, and page number of 
this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of 
the following methods:

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     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Skip Hyberg, Agricultural Economist, Economic and 
Policy Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., 
Room 3730, Mail Stop 0519, Washington, DC 20250.
    Comments also should be sent to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Copies of the information collection may 
be obtained from Dr. Skip Hyberg at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Skip Hyberg, (202) 720-9222. 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc) should contact 
the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program Lands 
for Hunting.
    OMB Control Number: 0560-NEW.
    Type of Request: New.
    Abstract: As specified in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 
2008, (the 2008 Farm Bill, Pub. L. 110-246), FSA administers the CRP to 
conserve and improve soil, water, and wildlife resources. Federal 
investments in the CRP on private cropland enhance essential ecosystem 
services, including wildlife, and provide improved hunting 
opportunities in rural areas. Hunters from urban areas within the State 
and non-residents outside the State are drawn to CRP lands or other 
private lands surrounding CRP lands for hunting.
    FSA is required by statute to consider benefits from the 
enhancement of wildlife habitat when selecting CRP offers. Because 
hunter spending increases in rural areas as hunting opportunities 
increase, economic activity and employment within the outdoor 
recreational sector are enhanced. FSA is responsible for identifying 
and quantifying the relationship between job creation and investments 
in CRP lands, as increased outdoor recreation is among the benefits FSA 
provides in administering the CRP.
    There have been no statewide assessments of the CRP program on 
hunting use, expenditures, and jobs in North and South Dakota (ND and 
SD, respectively). The only prior studies focused on six small areas in 
ND and are 10 years old. There have been significant changes to the CRP 
program since that time. In addition, there is limited generalizability 
of the six ND areas to the rest of ND and SD. Without data on hunter 
use and expenditures, the economic contribution generated by federal 
investments in CRP cannot be reliably estimated.
    FSA plans to conduct statewide mail surveys with ND and SD hunters 
to elicit information on:
    (a) Their use of CRP lands in terms of days spent hunting there;
    (b) Expenditure pattern information; and
    (c) Net economic values.
    The primary objective of the survey is to estimate the employment 
and income contribution of current CRP lands to the rural areas within 
the respective States, and possible changes to jobs and income 
emanating from changes in the CRP program.
    We have discussed the survey with the State Fish and Game agencies 
and tentatively selected mail surveys. Mail surveys appear to be the 
best unbiased survey approach because the State Fish and Game agencies 
do not have email addresses for all hunters, and hunters in many rural 
locations of ND and SD do not have email access at home.
    Collection of the data is necessary to evaluate and improve CRP 
selection criteria and program implementation. Having information on 
recreation-related jobs permits a comparison of county-level impacts of 
CRP land temporarily going out of crop production.
    Estimate of burden: Public reporting burden for this information 
collection is estimated to average 20 minutes per response.
    Frequency of Collection: One time only.
    Respondents: Hunters in ND and SD.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 2,400.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 2,400.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 800 hours.
    We are requesting comments on all aspects of this information 
collection to help us to:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of FSA, including whether the 
information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of FSA's estimate of burden, including 
the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    All responses to this notice, including names and addresses when 
provided, will be summarized and included in the request for OMB 
approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

    Signed on March 6, 2012.
Bruce Nelson,
Administrator, Farm Service Agency, Executive Vice President, Commodity 
Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2012-6011 Filed 3-12-12; 8:45 am]
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