Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook Survey, 93951-93952 [2016-30782]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 246 / Thursday, December 22, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R6–R–2016–N139; FF06R06000– FXRS12610600000–178] Establishment of Bear River Watershed Conservation Area, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has established the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area, the 565th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Service established the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area on June 28, 2016, with the donation of approximately 30 acres in Box Elder County, Utah. ADDRESSES: A map depicting the approved Refuge boundary and other information regarding the Refuge is available on the Internet at https:// www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/refuges/ lpp_brr.php. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Toni Griffin, Planning Team Leader, Refuge Planning Branch, USFWS, P.O. Box 25486, DFC, Denver, CO 80225; 303– 236–4378. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service established the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area, which encompasses more than 4.5 million acres in the States of Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah, in 2013. The establishment of the conservation area authorizes the Service to work in partnership with private landowners to conserve wildlife habitat through perpetual easements. Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area are previously established National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) units within the watershed that are largely owned in feetitle. Along with the existing refuge units in the watershed, the conservation area supports more than 200 species of birds, particularly migratory birds within the Central and Pacific Flyways. The conservation area also provides habitat and important migratory linkages for many mammals, such as elk and pronghorn; and its rivers and lakes support a number of native fish species, such as Bonneville cutthroat trout. The Bear River is the largest surface water source for the Great Salt Lake ecosystem and is the meeting point of the Great Basin and Southern Rockies in the sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Dec 21, 2016 Jkt 241001 region. The Service will work with conservation partners and landowners to protect priority habitat for priority native species such as the American avocet, Bonneville cutthroat trout, greater sage-grouse, and sage thrasher on up to 920,000 acres in the 4.5-millionacre watershed. This goal will be accomplished primarily through the purchase of perpetual conservation easements from willing sellers in Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. The Service recognizes the importance of working with private landowners and other partners for mutual conservation interests. Farming and ranching have played an essential role in conserving valuable fish and wildlife habitat throughout the Bear River watershed. The establishment of the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area allows the Service to purchase conservation easements using the acquisition authority of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a–j). The federal money used to acquire conservation easements is primarily from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, as amended (16 U.S.C. 460l–4 through 11) (derived primarily from oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, motorboat fuel taxes, and the sale of surplus Federal property). Additional funding to acquire lands, water, or interests for fish and wildlife conservation purposes could be identified by Congress or donated by nonprofit organizations. The Service has involved the public, agencies, partners, and legislators throughout the planning process for the easement program. At the beginning of the planning process, the Service initiated public involvement for the proposal to protect habitats primarily through acquisition of conservation easements for management as part of the Refuge System. The Service spent time discussing the proposed project with landowners; conservation organizations; Federal, State and County government agencies; Tribes; and other interested groups and individuals in Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. These open houses were announced in local media. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Service prepared an environmental assessment (EA) that evaluated two alternatives and their potential impacts on the project area. The Service released the draft EA and land protection plan (LPP), on November 28, 2012, for a 32-day public review period. The draft documents were made available to federal elected officials and agencies, state elected officials and agencies, Native American PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 93951 Tribes with aboriginal or tribal interests, and other members of the public that were identified during the scoping process that included six public meetings. The Service held six additional open-house public meetings to discuss the draft EA and LPP on December 4, 2012 in Logan, Utah; December 5, 2012 in Randolph, Utah; December 6, 2012 in Montpelier, Idaho; December 7, 2012 in Preston, Idaho; December 10, 2012 in Cokeville, Wyoming; and December 11, 2012 in Evanston, Wyoming. These meetings were announced in advance in local media. Approximately 213 landowners, citizens, and elected representatives attended the meetings. The Service received 19 letters from agencies, organizations, and other entities, and 260 general public comments. After all comments were received, they were reviewed and incorporated into the EA and administrative record. Based on the documentation contained in the EA, a Finding of No Significant Impact was signed on February 27, 2013, and approval from Director Dan Ashe was received on May 1, 2013, for the establishment of the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area. Dated: August 15, 2016. Matt Hogan, Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region. [FR Doc. 2016–30826 Filed 12–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey [GX.16.CG00.GDQ03.00] Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook Survey U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook. AGENCY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection request (ICR) described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) 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 ICR. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 93952 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 246 / Thursday, December 22, 2016 / Notices To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, OMB must receive them on or before January 23, 2017. DATES: Please submit written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior, via email: (OIRA_SUBMISSION@omb.eop.gov; identify your submission with ‘OMB Control Number 1028–NEW YukonKuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook. Please also forward a copy of your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, gs-info_collections@usgs.gov (email). Please reference ‘OMB Information Collection 1028–NEW: Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook in all correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Herman-Mercer, National Research Program, Central Branch, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Federal Center, Mail Stop 418, Denver, CO 80225 (mail); 303–236–5031 (phone); or nhmercer@usgs.gov (email). You may also find information about this ICR at www.reginfo.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Delta Berry Outlook is a data and observer driven ecological monitoring and modeling framework that forecasts changes in berry habitat and abundance with climate and environmental change. In order to create a monitoring protocol and modeling framework we will solicit local knowledge of berry distribution and abundance from members of Yukon-Kuskokwim communities. Participants from the communities will take part in a survey that asks yes or no questions about the timing, abundance, and distribution of three types of berries that are important in their communities. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) will be limited to four elements: Names, phone numbers, emails, and the name of the village they reside in. This PII will be collected in order to communicate project results and solicit feedback on the project itself for evaluation purposes. Statistical analysis will be performed on survey responses in order to ascertain if a consensus exists among participants within villages and among villages. The survey results will be one source of data used to create a model forecasting changes in Tribal food sources. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Dec 21, 2016 Jkt 241001 The USGS mission is to serve the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth. This project will collect information from individuals to better understand the abundance, distribution, and variability of berry resources in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of Alaska. The people of the YK delta rely on wild berries for a substantial portion of their diet and hold information about the long term distribution and abundance of berries that is useful for understanding current and future changes to berry habitat due to climate change impacts that will effect both human and wildlife populations of the Yukon Delta region and the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. II. Data OMB Control Number: 1028–NEW. Title: Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook. Type of Request: Approval of new information collection. Respondent Obligation: None, participation is voluntary. Frequency of Collection: One time. Description of Respondents: Individuals; Tribal members that reside in the villages of Chevak, Hooper Bay, Kotlik, and Emmonak, Alaska. Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: Forty. Estimated Time per Response: We estimate that it will take two hours per person to complete the survey. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: Eighty hours. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-Hour Cost’’ Burden: There are no ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection of information. Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until the OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obliged to respond. Comments: On June 14, 2016, we published a Federal Register notice (Vol. 81 FR 38733) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval and soliciting comments. The comment period closed on August 13, 2016. We received no comments. III. Request for Comments We again invite comments concerning this ICR as to: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) how to minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your personal mailing address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personally identifiable information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us and the OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. Lauren E. Hay, Acting Branch Chief, National Research Program—Central Branch. [FR Doc. 2016–30782 Filed 12–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [178A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin Participation in the Tribal SelfGovernance Program in Fiscal Year 2018 or Calendar Year 2018 Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) establishes a deadline of March 1, 2017, for Indian Tribes and consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the tribal selfgovernance program in fiscal year 2018 or calendar year 2018. DATES: Completed application packages must be received by the Director, Office of Self-Governance, by March 1, 2017, at the address provided in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. ADDRESSES: Application packages for inclusion in the applicant pool should be sent to Ms. Sharee M. Freeman, Director, Office of Self-Governance, Department of the Interior, Mail Stop 355–G–SIB, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

U.S. Geological Survey

[GX.16.CG00.GDQ03.00]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on 
the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook Survey

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta 
Berry Outlook.

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SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that 
we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the 
information collection request (ICR) described below. To comply with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) 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 ICR.

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DATES: To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, OMB 
must receive them on or before January 23, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information 
collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer 
for the Department of the Interior, via email: 
(OIRA_SUBMISSION@omb.eop.gov; identify your submission with `OMB 
Control Number 1028-NEW Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook. Please 
also forward a copy of your comments and suggestions on this 
information collection to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, 
U.S. Geological Survey, gs-info_collections@usgs.gov (email). Please 
reference `OMB Information Collection 1028-NEW: Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta 
Berry Outlook in all correspondence.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Herman-Mercer, National 
Research Program, Central Branch, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver 
Federal Center, Mail Stop 418, Denver, CO 80225 (mail); 303-236-5031 
(phone); or nhmercer@usgs.gov (email). You may also find information 
about this ICR at www.reginfo.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Delta Berry Outlook is a data and observer 
driven ecological monitoring and modeling framework that forecasts 
changes in berry habitat and abundance with climate and environmental 
change. In order to create a monitoring protocol and modeling framework 
we will solicit local knowledge of berry distribution and abundance 
from members of Yukon-Kuskokwim communities. Participants from the 
communities will take part in a survey that asks yes or no questions 
about the timing, abundance, and distribution of three types of berries 
that are important in their communities. Personally Identifiable 
Information (PII) will be limited to four elements: Names, phone 
numbers, emails, and the name of the village they reside in. This PII 
will be collected in order to communicate project results and solicit 
feedback on the project itself for evaluation purposes. Statistical 
analysis will be performed on survey responses in order to ascertain if 
a consensus exists among participants within villages and among 
villages. The survey results will be one source of data used to create 
a model forecasting changes in Tribal food sources.
    The USGS mission is to serve the Nation by providing reliable 
scientific information to describe and understand the Earth. This 
project will collect information from individuals to better understand 
the abundance, distribution, and variability of berry resources in the 
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of Alaska. The people of the YK delta rely 
on wild berries for a substantial portion of their diet and hold 
information about the long term distribution and abundance of berries 
that is useful for understanding current and future changes to berry 
habitat due to climate change impacts that will effect both human and 
wildlife populations of the Yukon Delta region and the Yukon Delta 
National Wildlife Refuge.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1028-NEW.
    Title: Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Berry Outlook.
    Type of Request: Approval of new information collection.
    Respondent Obligation: None, participation is voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time.
    Description of Respondents: Individuals; Tribal members that reside 
in the villages of Chevak, Hooper Bay, Kotlik, and Emmonak, Alaska.
    Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: Forty.
    Estimated Time per Response: We estimate that it will take two 
hours per person to complete the survey.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: Eighty hours.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 
There are no ``non-hour cost'' burdens associated with this collection 
of information.
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) 
provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor and you are not 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number. Until the OMB approves a collection 
of information, you are not obliged to respond.
    Comments: On June 14, 2016, we published a Federal Register notice 
(Vol. 81 FR 38733) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for 
approval and soliciting comments. The comment period closed on August 
13, 2016. We received no comments.

III. Request for Comments

    We again invite comments concerning this ICR as to: (a) Whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to 
perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) 
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information; (c) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) how to minimize 
the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Please note that comments submitted in response to this notice are 
a matter of public record. Before including your personal mailing 
address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable 
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire 
comment, including your personally identifiable information, may be 
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us and the OMB 
in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from 
public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done.

Lauren E. Hay,
Acting Branch Chief, National Research Program--Central Branch.
[FR Doc. 2016-30782 Filed 12-21-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4338-11-P