Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Conservation Order for Light Geese, 60615-60617 [2017-27536]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute on Aging Special Emphasis Panel; Cardiac Rehabilitation in Older Adults. Date: February 5, 2018. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institute on Aging, Gateway Building, Suite 2C212, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20892. Contact Person: Anita H. Undale, Ph.D., MD, Scientific Review Branch, National Institute on Aging, Gateway Building, Suite 2W200, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240–747–7825, anita.undale@ nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.866, Aging Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: December 18, 2017. Melanie J. Pantoja, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–27507 Filed 12–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES [FWS–HQ–MB–2017–N166; FF09M21200– 167–FXMB1231099BPP0; OMB Control Number 1018–0103] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Conservation Order for Light Geese Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 22, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Please provide a copy of your comments 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 by email to Info_Coll@ fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018–0103 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_ Coll@fws.gov, or by telephone at (703) 358–2503. You may also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. A Federal Register notice with a 60day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on July 3, 2017 (82 FR 30883). The following comments were received: Comment 1: The Central Flyway Council commented that a single survey conducted by Service is the most appropriate and accurate method for annually monitoring the participation and harvest in the light goose conservation order. This approach has been used by the Service since 1960 to monitor waterfowl harvest nationally for regular hunting seasons. Agency Response to Comment 1: With regard to the Central Flyway proposal to implement a single, uniform survey conducted by the Service, during discussions with Flyway Councils SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60615 regarding initiation of the conservation order in the late 1990s there were concerns about whether or not a national information collection should be developed for the conservation order. That approach was not pursued due to the need to develop a new Federal permit, which we continue to believe is not a feasible alternative at this time. It was decided that each State would conduct its own information collection. Although State harvest estimates may not be fully comparable due to differences in methodology, we believe that summation of such estimates is warranted for general monitoring purposes. Furthermore, our existing Harvest Information Program (HIP) is geared towards estimating harvest of birds during regular hunting seasons that end on or before March 10 each year. Many States hold their light goose conservation order (not a regular hunting season) after March 10. Therefore, if HIP was used to estimate light goose conservation order harvest, our annual HIP reports would be delayed and could affect the normal hunting regulations promulgation process. The Service can only require HIP registration for regular hunting seasons to develop a sampling frame. There is no current mechanism for the Service to require HIP registration for conservation order participants. Therefore, there no sampling frame exists from which to conduct a single, uniform Federal survey. Comment 2: The commenter feels the Service has lied about increasing populations of light geese, promotes the killing of birds to increase hunting license sales, and only considers input from hunters and farmers. Agency Response to Comment 2: Our long-term objectives continue to include providing opportunities to harvest portions of certain migratory game bird populations and to limit harvests to levels compatible with each population’s ability to maintain healthy, viable numbers. Having taken into account the zones of temperature and the distribution, abundance, economic value, breeding habits, and times and lines of flight of migratory birds, we conclude that the hunting seasons are compatible with the current status of migratory bird populations and longterm population goals. With regard to the light goose conservation order, we documented the exponential growth of light goose populations when we authorized the conservation order (64 FR 7517 and 73 FR 65926). In those Federal Register notices, we also documented degradation to breeding habitats as a result of feeding actions of overabundant light goose populations. E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 60616 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices For that reason, we implemented the conservation order to increase harvest above that which occurs during regulator hunting seasons. Furthermore, we continue to annually document high population levels of light geese in our annual Waterfowl Status Report (https:// www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/ surveys-and-data/Population-status/ Waterfowl/WaterfowlPopulationStatus Report17.pdf). Additionally, we are obligated to, and do, seriously consider to all information received as public comment. While there are problems inherent with any type of representative management of public-trust resources, the Flyway Council system of migratory game bird management has been a longstanding example of State-Federal cooperative management since its establishment in 1952. Public input is provided not only at the Federal level but also at the State level and the input from State public processes is reflected in the Flyway system. Therefore, public involvement from hunters and non-hunters (including those that are not farmers) alike occurs at multiple levels. We disagree that input from the nonhunting, non-agricultural public is ignored. Furthermore, because the Federal government does not sell hunting licenses our actions associated with light goose management are not tied to selling additional hunting licenses. Because the light goose conservation order is not a hunting season, States do not require the purchase of a hunting license to participate and therefore cannot benefit from additional hunting license sales. We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the Service; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Service enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Service minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Abstract: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (Act; 16 U.S.C. 703–712) implements the four bilateral migratory bird treaties the United States entered into with Great Britain (for Canada), Mexico, Japan, and Russia. The Act authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Interior to allow hunting, taking, etc., of migratory birds subject to the provisions of and in order to carry out the purposes of the four treaties. Section VII of the U.S.-Canada Migratory Bird Treaty authorizes the taking of migratory birds that, under extraordinary conditions, become seriously injurious to agricultural or other interests. The number of light geese (lesser snow, greater snow, and Ross’ geese) in the midcontinent region has nearly quadrupled during the past several decades, due to a decline in adult mortality and an increase in winter survival. We refer to these species and subspecies as light geese because of their light coloration, as opposed to dark geese, such as white-fronted or Canada geese. Because of their feeding activity, light geese have become seriously injurious to their habitat, as well as to habitat important to other migratory birds. This poses a serious threat to the short- and long-term health and status of some migratory bird populations. We believe that the number of light geese in the midcontinent region has exceeded long-term sustainable levels for their arctic and subarctic breeding habitats, and that the populations must be reduced. Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at part 21 provides authority for the management of overabundant light geese. Regulations at 50 CFR 21.60 authorize States and Tribes in the midcontinent and Atlantic flyway regions to control light geese within the United States through the use of alternative regulatory strategies. The conservation order authorizes States and Tribes to implement population control measures without having to obtain a Federal permit, thus significantly reducing their administrative burden. The conservation order is a streamlined process that affords an efficient and effective population reduction strategy, rather than addressing the issue through our permitting process. Furthermore, this strategy precludes the use of more drastic and costly direct populationreduction measures such as trapping and culling geese. States and tribes participating in the conservation order must: PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Designate participants and inform them of the requirements and conditions of the conservation order. Individual States and Tribes determine the method to designate participants and how they will collect information from participants. • Keep records of activities carried out under the authority of the conservation order, including: (1) Number of persons participating in the conservation order; (2) Number of days people participated in the conservation order; (3) Number of light geese shot and retrieved under the conservation order; and (4) Number of light geese shot, but not retrieved. • Submit an annual report summarizing the activities conducted under the conservation order on or before September 15 of each year. Tribal information can be incorporated in State reports to reduce the number of reports submitted. Title of Collection: Conservation Order for Light Geese, 50 CFR 21.60. OMB Control Number: 1018–0103. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State and Tribal governments; individuals who participate in the conservation order. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 21,577. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 21,577. Estimated Completion Time per Response: 114 hours for State and Tribal governments and 8 minutes for individuals. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 7,318. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency of Collection: Annually. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $78,000, primarily for State overhead costs (materials, printing, postage, etc.) associated with mailing surveys to conservation order participants of approximately $2,000, or a total of $78,000 in non-hour burden costs (39 responses × $2,000). An agency 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. The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices Dated: December 11, 2017. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2017–27536 Filed 12–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [IDI–32319] Public Land Order No. 7864; Extension of Public Land Order No. 7306; Howell Canyon Recreation Complex; Idaho Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Public Land Order. AGENCY: from the United States mining laws, but not from the general land laws or leasing under the mineral leasing laws, is hereby extended for an additional 20year period. 2. The withdrawal extended by this order will expire on January 1, 2038, unless, as a result of review conducted before the expiration date pursuant to Section 204(f) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714 (f), the Secretary determines that the withdrawal shall be further extended. Dated: December 12, 2017. David L. Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–27511 Filed 12–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P This order extends the duration of the withdrawal created by Public Land Order No. 7306 for an additional 20-year period. This extension is necessary to continue the protection of the 3,805.87 acre Howell Canyon Recreation Complex located in Cassia County, Idaho. DATES: This order is effective on January 2, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Cartwright, BLM Idaho State Office 208– 373–3885. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to reach the Bureau of Land Management contact during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PLO No. 7306 (63 FR 109 (1998)) withdrew 3,805.87 acres of National Forest System lands in the Sawtooth National Forest, Cassia County, Idaho, from location and entry under the United States mining laws, but not from the general land laws or leasing under the mineral leasing laws. The withdrawal was originally authorized to protect the investments made by the United States Forest Service and its permittees on the Howell Canyon Recreation Complex, and to preserve a Research Natural Area. SUMMARY: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Order By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by Section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714, it is ordered as follows: 1. Subject to valid existing rights, PLO No. 7306, which withdrew 3,805.87 acres of National Forest System lands VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint entitled Certain Load Supporting Systems, Including Composite Mat Systems, and Components Thereof, DN 3281; the Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or complainant’s filing pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. SUMMARY: Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. The public version of the complaint can be accessed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov, and will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at United States International Trade Commission (USITC) at https://www.usitc.gov . The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60617 System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission has received a complaint and a submission pursuant to § 210.8(b) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure filed on behalf of Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC on December 15, 2017. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337) in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain load supporting systems, including composite mat systems, and components thereof. The complaint names as respondents Checkers Industrial Products, LLC of Broomfield, CO; Checkers Safety Group UK LTD of United Kingdom; and Zigma Ground Solutions LTD of United Kingdom. The complainant requests that the Commission issue a limited exclusion order, cease and desist orders, and impose a bond upon respondents’ alleged infringing articles during the 60day Presidential review period pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337(j). Proposed respondents, other interested parties, and members of the public are invited to file comments, not to exceed five (5) pages in length, inclusive of attachments, on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or § 210.8(b) filing. Comments should address whether issuance of the relief specifically requested by the complainant in this investigation would affect the public health and welfare in the United States, competitive conditions in the United States economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the United States, or United States consumers. In particular, the Commission is interested in comments that: (i) Explain how the articles potentially subject to the requested remedial orders are used in the United States; (ii) identify any public health, safety, or welfare concerns in the United States relating to the requested remedial orders; (iii) identify like or directly competitive articles that complainant, its licensees, or third parties make in the United States which could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded; (iv) indicate whether complainant, complainant’s licensees, and/or third E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-MB-2017-N166; FF09M21200-167-FXMB1231099BPP0; OMB Control 
Number 1018-0103]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Conservation 
Order for Light Geese

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), are proposing to renew an 
information collection with revisions.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 22, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on this information collection request 
(ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk Officer for the 
Department of the Interior by email at [email protected]; or 
via facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Please provide a copy of your comments 
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 by email to [email protected]. Please reference OMB 
Control Number 1018-0103 in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, by email at [email protected], or by 
telephone at (703) 358-2503. You may also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and 
continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact 
of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information 
collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired 
format.
    A Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment period 
soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on 
July 3, 2017 (82 FR 30883). The following comments were received:
    Comment 1: The Central Flyway Council commented that a single 
survey conducted by Service is the most appropriate and accurate method 
for annually monitoring the participation and harvest in the light 
goose conservation order. This approach has been used by the Service 
since 1960 to monitor waterfowl harvest nationally for regular hunting 
seasons.
    Agency Response to Comment 1: With regard to the Central Flyway 
proposal to implement a single, uniform survey conducted by the 
Service, during discussions with Flyway Councils regarding initiation 
of the conservation order in the late 1990s there were concerns about 
whether or not a national information collection should be developed 
for the conservation order. That approach was not pursued due to the 
need to develop a new Federal permit, which we continue to believe is 
not a feasible alternative at this time. It was decided that each State 
would conduct its own information collection. Although State harvest 
estimates may not be fully comparable due to differences in 
methodology, we believe that summation of such estimates is warranted 
for general monitoring purposes. Furthermore, our existing Harvest 
Information Program (HIP) is geared towards estimating harvest of birds 
during regular hunting seasons that end on or before March 10 each 
year. Many States hold their light goose conservation order (not a 
regular hunting season) after March 10. Therefore, if HIP was used to 
estimate light goose conservation order harvest, our annual HIP reports 
would be delayed and could affect the normal hunting regulations 
promulgation process. The Service can only require HIP registration for 
regular hunting seasons to develop a sampling frame. There is no 
current mechanism for the Service to require HIP registration for 
conservation order participants. Therefore, there no sampling frame 
exists from which to conduct a single, uniform Federal survey.
    Comment 2: The commenter feels the Service has lied about 
increasing populations of light geese, promotes the killing of birds to 
increase hunting license sales, and only considers input from hunters 
and farmers.
    Agency Response to Comment 2: Our long-term objectives continue to 
include providing opportunities to harvest portions of certain 
migratory game bird populations and to limit harvests to levels 
compatible with each population's ability to maintain healthy, viable 
numbers. Having taken into account the zones of temperature and the 
distribution, abundance, economic value, breeding habits, and times and 
lines of flight of migratory birds, we conclude that the hunting 
seasons are compatible with the current status of migratory bird 
populations and long-term population goals. With regard to the light 
goose conservation order, we documented the exponential growth of light 
goose populations when we authorized the conservation order (64 FR 7517 
and 73 FR 65926). In those Federal Register notices, we also documented 
degradation to breeding habitats as a result of feeding actions of 
overabundant light goose populations.

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For that reason, we implemented the conservation order to increase 
harvest above that which occurs during regulator hunting seasons. 
Furthermore, we continue to annually document high population levels of 
light geese in our annual Waterfowl Status Report (https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/surveys-and-data/Population-status/Waterfowl/WaterfowlPopulationStatusReport17.pdf).
    Additionally, we are obligated to, and do, seriously consider to 
all information received as public comment. While there are problems 
inherent with any type of representative management of public-trust 
resources, the Flyway Council system of migratory game bird management 
has been a longstanding example of State-Federal cooperative management 
since its establishment in 1952. Public input is provided not only at 
the Federal level but also at the State level and the input from State 
public processes is reflected in the Flyway system. Therefore, public 
involvement from hunters and non-hunters (including those that are not 
farmers) alike occurs at multiple levels. We disagree that input from 
the non-hunting, non-agricultural public is ignored. Furthermore, 
because the Federal government does not sell hunting licenses our 
actions associated with light goose management are not tied to selling 
additional hunting licenses. Because the light goose conservation order 
is not a hunting season, States do not require the purchase of a 
hunting license to participate and therefore cannot benefit from 
additional hunting license sales.
    We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is 
described below. We are especially interested in public comment 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the 
proper functions of the Service; (2) will this information be processed 
and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; 
(4) how might the Service enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Service minimize 
the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the 
use of information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. 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.
    Abstract: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (Act; 16 U.S.C. 703-712) 
implements the four bilateral migratory bird treaties the United States 
entered into with Great Britain (for Canada), Mexico, Japan, and 
Russia. The Act authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Interior to 
allow hunting, taking, etc., of migratory birds subject to the 
provisions of and in order to carry out the purposes of the four 
treaties. Section VII of the U.S.-Canada Migratory Bird Treaty 
authorizes the taking of migratory birds that, under extraordinary 
conditions, become seriously injurious to agricultural or other 
interests.
    The number of light geese (lesser snow, greater snow, and Ross' 
geese) in the midcontinent region has nearly quadrupled during the past 
several decades, due to a decline in adult mortality and an increase in 
winter survival. We refer to these species and subspecies as light 
geese because of their light coloration, as opposed to dark geese, such 
as white-fronted or Canada geese. Because of their feeding activity, 
light geese have become seriously injurious to their habitat, as well 
as to habitat important to other migratory birds. This poses a serious 
threat to the short- and long-term health and status of some migratory 
bird populations. We believe that the number of light geese in the 
midcontinent region has exceeded long-term sustainable levels for their 
arctic and subarctic breeding habitats, and that the populations must 
be reduced. Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at part 
21 provides authority for the management of overabundant light geese.
    Regulations at 50 CFR 21.60 authorize States and Tribes in the 
midcontinent and Atlantic flyway regions to control light geese within 
the United States through the use of alternative regulatory strategies. 
The conservation order authorizes States and Tribes to implement 
population control measures without having to obtain a Federal permit, 
thus significantly reducing their administrative burden. The 
conservation order is a streamlined process that affords an efficient 
and effective population reduction strategy, rather than addressing the 
issue through our permitting process. Furthermore, this strategy 
precludes the use of more drastic and costly direct population-
reduction measures such as trapping and culling geese. States and 
tribes participating in the conservation order must:
     Designate participants and inform them of the requirements 
and conditions of the conservation order. Individual States and Tribes 
determine the method to designate participants and how they will 
collect information from participants.
     Keep records of activities carried out under the authority 
of the conservation order, including:
    (1) Number of persons participating in the conservation order;
    (2) Number of days people participated in the conservation order;
    (3) Number of light geese shot and retrieved under the conservation 
order; and
    (4) Number of light geese shot, but not retrieved.
     Submit an annual report summarizing the activities 
conducted under the conservation order on or before September 15 of 
each year. Tribal information can be incorporated in State reports to 
reduce the number of reports submitted.
    Title of Collection: Conservation Order for Light Geese, 50 CFR 
21.60.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0103.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: State and Tribal governments; 
individuals who participate in the conservation order.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 21,577.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 21,577.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: 114 hours for State and 
Tribal governments and 8 minutes for individuals.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 7,318.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $78,000, primarily for 
State overhead costs (materials, printing, postage, etc.) associated 
with mailing surveys to conservation order participants of 
approximately $2,000, or a total of $78,000 in non-hour burden costs 
(39 responses x $2,000).
    An agency 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.
    The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).


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    Dated: December 11, 2017.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-27536 Filed 12-20-17; 8:45 am]
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