Proposed Information Collection; Migratory Bird Surveys, 11603-11604 [2017-03582]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices Dated: February 17, 2017. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03584 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–MB–2017–N009; FXMB12310900WHO–178–FF09M26000] Proposed Information Collection; Migratory Bird Surveys 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 approve 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 June 30, 2017. 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. DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by April 25, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803 (mail); or madonna_baucum@ fws.gov (email). Please include ‘‘1018– 0023’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madonna Baucum, at madonna_ baucum@fws.gov (email) or (703) 358– 2503 (telephone). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703–711) and the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742d) designate the Department of the Interior as the key agency responsible for (1) the wise management of migratory bird populations frequenting the United States, and (2) setting hunting regulations that allow appropriate harvests that are within the guidelines that will allow for those populations’ well-being. These responsibilities dictate that we gather accurate data on various characteristics of migratory bird harvest. Based on information from harvest surveys, we can adjust hunting regulations as needed to optimize harvests at levels that provide a maximum of hunting recreation while keeping populations at desired levels. Under 50 CFR 20.20, migratory bird hunters must register for the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) in each State in which they hunt each year. State natural resource agencies must send names and addresses of all migratory bird hunters to Branch of Harvest Surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Bird Management, on an annual basis. The Migratory Bird Hunter Survey is based on the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program. We randomly select migratory bird hunters and ask them to report their harvest. The resulting estimates of harvest per hunter are combined with the complete list of migratory bird hunters to provide estimates of the total harvest for the species surveyed. The Parts Collection Survey estimates the species, sex, and age composition of the harvest, and the geographic and temporal distribution of the harvest. Randomly selected successful hunters who responded to the Migratory Bird Hunter Survey the previous year are asked to complete and return a postcard if they are willing to participate in the Parts Collection Survey. We provide postage-paid envelopes to respondents before the hunting season and ask them to send in a wing or the tail feathers from each duck or goose that they Number of respondents asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Activity 11603 harvest, or a wing from each mourning dove, woodcock, band-tailed pigeon, snipe, rail, or gallinule that they harvest. We use the wings and tail feathers to identify the species, sex, and age of the harvested sample. We also ask respondents to report on the envelope the date and location of harvest for each bird. We combine the results of this survey with the harvest estimates obtained from the Migratory Bird Hunter Survey to provide speciesspecific national harvest estimates. The combined results of these surveys enable us to evaluate the effects of season length, season dates, and bag limits on the harvest of each species, and thus help us determine appropriate hunting regulations. The Sandhill Crane Harvest Survey is an annual questionnaire survey of people who obtained a sandhill crane hunting permit. At the end of the hunting season, we randomly select a sample of permit holders and ask them to report the date, location, and number of birds harvested for each of their sandhill crane hunts. Their responses provide estimates of the temporal and geographic distribution of the harvest as well as the average harvest per hunter, which, combined with the total number of permits issued, enables us to estimate the total harvest of sandhill cranes. Based on information from this survey, we adjust hunting regulations as needed. II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–0023. Title: Migratory Bird Surveys, 50 CFR 20.20. Service Form Number(s): 3–165, 3– 165A through E, 3–2056J through N. Type of Request: Revision to a currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: States and migratory game bird hunters. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory for HIP registration information; voluntary for participation in the surveys. Frequency of Collection: Annually or on occasion. Number of responses Completion time per response Total annual burden hours Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program 49 806 185 hours ....... 149,110 37,046 22,585 8,910 37,046 22,585 8,910 5 minutes ....... 4 minutes ....... 4 minutes ....... 3,087 1,506 594 Migratory Bird Hunter Survey Form 3–2056J ................................................................................................. Form 3–2056K ................................................................................................. Form 3–2056L ................................................................................................. 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Completion time per response Number of responses 11,698 11,698 3 minutes ....... 4,155 3,590 1,008 445 1,050 880 93,563 3,590 5,545 445 1,050 1,425 5 1 5 1 1 5 Total annual burden hours 858 Parts Collection Survey Form Form Form Form Form Form 3–165 ..................................................................................................... 3–165A ................................................................................................... 3–165B ................................................................................................... 3–165C ................................................................................................... 3–165D ................................................................................................... 3–165E ................................................................................................... minutes ....... minute ......... minutes ....... minute ......... minute ......... minutes ....... 7,797 60 462 7 18 119 Sandhill Crane Harvest Survey Form 3–2056N ................................................................................................. 4,008 4,008 3.5 minutes .... 234 Totals ........................................................................................................ 95,424 190,671 ........................ 163,852 Estimated Annual Non-Hour Burden Cost: None. III. Comments asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: February 17, 2017. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03582 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P 17:20 Feb 23, 2017 Bureau of Land Management [16X.LLWO350000.L14400000.PN0000] 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 minimize 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, email 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Jkt 241001 Renewal of Approved Information Collection; OMB Control No. 1004– 0009 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: 30-day notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted an information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to continue the collection of information to request approval from individuals, private entities, and State or local governments seeking leases, permits, and easements for the use, occupancy, or development of public lands administered by the BLM. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) previously approved this information collection activity, and assigned it control number 1004–0009. DATES: The OMB is required to respond to this information collection request within 60 days but may respond after 30 days. For maximum consideration, written comments should be received on or before March 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: Please submit comments directly to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (OMB #1004– 0009), Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, fax 202–395–5806, or by electronic mail at OIRA_ submission@omb.eop.gov. Please provide a copy of your comments to the BLM. You may do so via mail, fax, or electronic mail. Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Street NW., Room 2134LM, Attention: Jean Sonneman, Washington, DC 20240. Fax: Jean Sonneman at 202–245– 0050. Electronic mail: jesonnem@blm.gov. Please indicate ‘‘Attn: 1004–0009’’ regardless of the form of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Cartwright, at 208–373–3885. Persons who use a telecommunication device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339, to leave a message for Mr. Cartwright. You may also review the information collection request online at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501–3521) and OMB regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 provide that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond. In order to obtain and renew an OMB control number, Federal agencies are required to seek public comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d) and 1320.12(a)). As required at 5 CFR 1320.8(d), the BLM published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register on September 22, 2016 (81 FR 65391), and the comment period ended November 21, 2016. The BLM received no comments. The BLM now requests comments on the following subjects: 1. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 36 (Friday, February 24, 2017)]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-03582]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-MB-2017-N009; FXMB12310900WHO-178-FF09M26000]


Proposed Information Collection; Migratory Bird Surveys

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 approve 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 June 30, 2017. 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.

DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by April 25, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 
5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or 
madonna_baucum@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0023'' in the 
subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madonna Baucum, at 
madonna_baucum@fws.gov (email) or (703) 358-2503 (telephone).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-711) and the Fish and 
Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742d) designate the Department of the 
Interior as the key agency responsible for (1) the wise management of 
migratory bird populations frequenting the United States, and (2) 
setting hunting regulations that allow appropriate harvests that are 
within the guidelines that will allow for those populations' well-
being. These responsibilities dictate that we gather accurate data on 
various characteristics of migratory bird harvest. Based on information 
from harvest surveys, we can adjust hunting regulations as needed to 
optimize harvests at levels that provide a maximum of hunting 
recreation while keeping populations at desired levels.
    Under 50 CFR 20.20, migratory bird hunters must register for the 
Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) in each State in which 
they hunt each year. State natural resource agencies must send names 
and addresses of all migratory bird hunters to Branch of Harvest 
Surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Bird 
Management, on an annual basis.
    The Migratory Bird Hunter Survey is based on the Migratory Bird 
Harvest Information Program. We randomly select migratory bird hunters 
and ask them to report their harvest. The resulting estimates of 
harvest per hunter are combined with the complete list of migratory 
bird hunters to provide estimates of the total harvest for the species 
surveyed.
    The Parts Collection Survey estimates the species, sex, and age 
composition of the harvest, and the geographic and temporal 
distribution of the harvest. Randomly selected successful hunters who 
responded to the Migratory Bird Hunter Survey the previous year are 
asked to complete and return a postcard if they are willing to 
participate in the Parts Collection Survey. We provide postage-paid 
envelopes to respondents before the hunting season and ask them to send 
in a wing or the tail feathers from each duck or goose that they 
harvest, or a wing from each mourning dove, woodcock, band-tailed 
pigeon, snipe, rail, or gallinule that they harvest. We use the wings 
and tail feathers to identify the species, sex, and age of the 
harvested sample. We also ask respondents to report on the envelope the 
date and location of harvest for each bird. We combine the results of 
this survey with the harvest estimates obtained from the Migratory Bird 
Hunter Survey to provide species-specific national harvest estimates.
    The combined results of these surveys enable us to evaluate the 
effects of season length, season dates, and bag limits on the harvest 
of each species, and thus help us determine appropriate hunting 
regulations.
    The Sandhill Crane Harvest Survey is an annual questionnaire survey 
of people who obtained a sandhill crane hunting permit. At the end of 
the hunting season, we randomly select a sample of permit holders and 
ask them to report the date, location, and number of birds harvested 
for each of their sandhill crane hunts. Their responses provide 
estimates of the temporal and geographic distribution of the harvest as 
well as the average harvest per hunter, which, combined with the total 
number of permits issued, enables us to estimate the total harvest of 
sandhill cranes. Based on information from this survey, we adjust 
hunting regulations as needed.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0023.
    Title: Migratory Bird Surveys, 50 CFR 20.20.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-165, 3-165A through E, 3-2056J through N.
    Type of Request: Revision to a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: States and migratory game bird hunters.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory for HIP registration 
information; voluntary for participation in the surveys.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually or on occasion.

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                                         Number of       Number of        Completion time per      Total annual
              Activity                  respondents      responses             response            burden hours
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                                   Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program
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                                                  49             806  185 hours.................         149,110
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                                          Migratory Bird Hunter Survey
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Form 3-2056J........................          37,046          37,046  5 minutes.................           3,087
Form 3-2056K........................          22,585          22,585  4 minutes.................           1,506
Form 3-2056L........................           8,910           8,910  4 minutes.................             594

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Form 3-2056M........................          11,698          11,698  3 minutes.................             858
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                                             Parts Collection Survey
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Form 3-165..........................           4,155          93,563  5 minutes.................           7,797
Form 3-165A.........................           3,590           3,590  1 minute..................              60
Form 3-165B.........................           1,008           5,545  5 minutes.................             462
Form 3-165C.........................             445             445  1 minute..................               7
Form 3-165D.........................           1,050           1,050  1 minute..................              18
Form 3-165E.........................             880           1,425  5 minutes.................             119
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                                          Sandhill Crane Harvest Survey
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Form 3-2056N........................           4,008           4,008  3.5 minutes...............             234
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    Totals..........................          95,424         190,671  ..........................         163,852
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    Estimated Annual Non-Hour Burden Cost: None.

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 minimize 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, 
email 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: February 17, 2017.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03582 Filed 2-23-17; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4333-15-P