Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Value of Non-Consumptive Recreation Use From Those Accessing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary via For Hire Operation Boats, 11976-11977 [2015-05019]

Download as PDF 11976 Notices Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 43 Thursday, March 5, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. Once public involvement is complete, these new fees will be reviewed by a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee prior to a final decision and implementation. People wanting reserve these cabins would need to do so through the National Recreation Reservation Service, at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1–877– 444–6777 when it becomes available. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Dated: February 20, 2015. Charles A. Mark, Forest Supervisor. Forest Service [FR Doc. 2015–05086 Filed 3–4–15; 8:45 am] Notice of Proposed New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108–447) BILLING CODE 3411–15–P Salmon-Challis National Forest, USDA Forest Service. ACTION: Notice of proposed new fee site. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE The Salmon-Challis National Forest is proposing to charge fee at the Copper Basin Guard Station. This cabin includes a $100/night fee and would be available for rental from June 1 to September 30. Fees are proposed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operations and maintenance, and market assessment. The fee will be determined upon further analysis and public comment. An analysis of nearby rental cabins with similar amenities shows that the proposed fees are reasonable and typical of similar sites in the area. Funds from fees would be used for the continued operation and maintenance and improvements of these rental cabins. DATES: Comments will be accepted through August 1, 2015. New fees would begin May 2016. ADDRESSES: Charles A. Mark, Forest Supervisor, Salmon-Challis National Forest, 1206 S. Challis Street, Salmon, ID 83467. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trish Callaghan, Recreation Fee Coordinator, 208–756–5115. Information about proposed fee changes can also be found on the Salmon-Challis National Forest Web site: http://www.fs. usda.gov/scnf. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act (Title VII, Pub. L. 108–447) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to publish a six month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are established. Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Value of Non-Consumptive Recreation Use From Those Accessing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary via For Hire Operation Boats AGENCY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:31 Mar 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 4, 2015. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dr. Vernon R. (Bob) Leeworthy, (301) 713–7261 or Bob.Leeworthy@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Abstract This request is for a new information collection. NOAA is mentoring student interns from the Monterey Institute for International Studies to estimate the market and non-market economic values associated with non-consumptive recreation uses (e.g., whale watching, other wildlife observation, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, beach activities, surfing, wind-surfing, kite boarding, paddle boarding, etc.) in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) for those accessing the MBNMS via ‘‘for hire’’ operation boats. We will conduct surveys of the for hire operations that take people out for non-consumptive recreation, to obtain total use by type of activity and the spatial use by type of activity. Information will also be obtained on costs-and-earnings of the operations, knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of sanctuary management strategies and regulations, and demographic information on owner/captains and crews. Surveys will also be conducted of the passengers aboard the for hire operation boats to obtain their market and non-market economic use values for non-consumptive recreation use and how those value change with changes in natural resource attribute conditions and user characteristics. Additional information will be obtained on importance-satisfaction ratings of key natural resource attributes, facilities and services, knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of management strategies and regulations, and demographic profiles of passengers. II. Method of Collection For the for hire operations, a team of students will go to the operations offices and collect the information. For the passengers, surveys will be conducted at the docks after the completion of their trips. The on-site survey will obtain information on demographic profiles, annual number of trips in the MBNMS for non-consumptive recreation, and their non-market economic use value. Self-addressed, postage paid mail back questionnaires will be used for importance-satisfaction ratings, knowledge, attitudes and perceptions, and trip expenditures. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–xxxx. E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 43 / Thursday, March 5, 2015 / Notices Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,050. Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours per for hire operation, 20 minutes per on-site interview of passengers, 20 minutes per importance-satisfaction/ knowledge, attitudes and perceptions mail back, and 20 minutes for the expenditure mail back. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 733. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 2, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–05019 Filed 3–4–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Value of the Reduction in the Risk of Whale Strikes in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:28 Mar 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 4, 2015. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dr. Vernon R. (Bob) Leeworthy, (301) 713–7261 or Bob.Leeworthy@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This request is for a new information collection. NOAA is sponsoring a class project at the Bren School of Management & Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara to estimate the market and non-market economic values associated with the reduction in risk of whale strikes by different scenarios of changes in traffic lanes and/or vessel speeds for major commercial vessels operating in the region of southern California where the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is located. NOAA will conduct surveys of the for hire operations that take people out for non-consumptive recreation to watch whales or other wildlife to obtain total use by type of activity (e.g., whale watching, and other wildlife observation) and the spatial use by type of activity. Information will also be obtained on costs-and-earnings of the operations and demographic information on owner/captains and crews. Surveys will also be conducted of the passengers aboard the for hire operation boats to obtain their market and non-market economic use values for the reduction in the risk of whale strikes. Additional information will be obtained on importance-satisfaction ratings of key natural resource attributes, facilities and services along with demographic profiles of passengers. II. Method of Collection For the for hire operations, a team of students will go to the operations offices PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 11977 and collect the information. For the passengers, surveys will be conducted at the docks after the completion of their whale watching trip. Self-addressed, postage paid mail back questionnaires will be used for importance-satisfaction ratings and whale watching trip expenditures. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–xxxx. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25 for-hire operations and 500 individuals. Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours per for-hire operation; 20 minutes each per on-site interview of passengers, importance-satisfaction mail-back and expenditure mail-back. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 367: For-hire operations, 50 hours; on-site survey of passengers, 167 hours; importance-satisfaction mailback, 83 hours; expenditure mail-back, 67 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: February 27, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–05003 Filed 3–4–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 43 (Thursday, March 5, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11976-11977]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05019]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Value 
of Non-Consumptive Recreation Use From Those Accessing the Monterey Bay 
National Marine Sanctuary via For Hire Operation Boats

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 4, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Dr. Vernon R. (Bob) Leeworthy, (301) 713-7261 or 
Bob.Leeworthy@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    NOAA is mentoring student interns from the Monterey Institute for 
International Studies to estimate the market and non-market economic 
values associated with non-consumptive recreation uses (e.g., whale 
watching, other wildlife observation, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, beach 
activities, surfing, wind-surfing, kite boarding, paddle boarding, 
etc.) in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) for those 
accessing the MBNMS via ``for hire'' operation boats.
    We will conduct surveys of the for hire operations that take people 
out for non-consumptive recreation, to obtain total use by type of 
activity and the spatial use by type of activity. Information will also 
be obtained on costs-and-earnings of the operations, knowledge, 
attitudes and perceptions of sanctuary management strategies and 
regulations, and demographic information on owner/captains and crews. 
Surveys will also be conducted of the passengers aboard the for hire 
operation boats to obtain their market and non-market economic use 
values for non-consumptive recreation use and how those value change 
with changes in natural resource attribute conditions and user 
characteristics. Additional information will be obtained on importance-
satisfaction ratings of key natural resource attributes, facilities and 
services, knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of management strategies 
and regulations, and demographic profiles of passengers.

II. Method of Collection

    For the for hire operations, a team of students will go to the 
operations offices and collect the information. For the passengers, 
surveys will be conducted at the docks after the completion of their 
trips. The on-site survey will obtain information on demographic 
profiles, annual number of trips in the MBNMS for non-consumptive 
recreation, and their non-market economic use value. Self-addressed, 
postage paid mail back questionnaires will be used for importance-
satisfaction ratings, knowledge, attitudes and perceptions, and trip 
expenditures.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-xxxx.

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    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information 
collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; 
individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,050.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours per for hire operation, 20 
minutes per on-site interview of passengers, 20 minutes per importance-
satisfaction/knowledge, attitudes and perceptions mail back, and 20 
minutes for the expenditure mail back.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 733.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: March 2, 2015.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-05019 Filed 3-4-15; 8:45 am]
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