Information Collection: Generic Clearance for Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Natural Resource Planning and Collaborative Conservation, 10827-10828 [2018-05003]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 13, 2018 / Notices collection at the USDA Forest Service Headquarters, 201 14th St. SW, Washington, DC 20250 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on business days. Those wishing to inspect comments should contact Kenli Kim (kkim@fs.fed.us) to facilitate an appointment and entrance to the building. amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for Social Science Research at the Forest Service (kkim@fs.fed.us). Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Generic Clearance for Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Natural Disasters and Disturbances OMB Number: 0596—NEW. Expiration Date of Approval: NEW. Type of Request: NEW. Abstract: The USDA Forest Service has broad responsibilities for caring for the forests and grasslands of the nation. This includes managing wildland fires and responding to many other threats such as droughts, floods, tree pests and diseases, invasive species, extreme weather events, effects of climate change, and other natural disasters and disturbances. The frequency, type, duration, and intensity of disturbances and disasters shape our forests and other natural ecosystems and impact people’s lives. In any given year, a wide range of people living in all types of communities across the nation—rural, suburban, and urban; forested, industrical, and agricultural—are affected by natural disasters and disturbances. This Generic Information Collection Request (ICR) seeks Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to collect information that will help the Forest Service understand how individuals, communities, and organizations prepare for, respond and adapt to, and recover from natural disturbances and disasters, as well as build resilience. This information is critical to supporting the Forest Service’s mission of both managing national forests and grasslands and collaborating with others to develop useful guidelines for management of the nation’s forests. Under this Generic ICR, social science research methods such as surveys, interviews, and focus groups will collect information from individuals and groups who are preparing for, responding to, and/or recovering from natural disasters and disturbances. Results from the proposed VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Mar 12, 2018 Jkt 244001 research and data collections can inform prediction, preparation, response, and recovery strategies and efforts by the Forest Service and other Federal agencies, as well as related local government, civil society, and community efforts. In the long term, such knowledge can contribute to fewer societal costs from disturbance processes, more cost-effective management efforts, and more resilient communities and economies. Any specific study conducted under this Generic ICR will be posted for public comment in The Federal Register for 30 days by the USDA Forest Service. Estimate of Annual Burden on Respondents: 15,533 hours/year. Type of Respondents: Participants/ respondents will be individuals, not specific entities. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 100,500 year. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response/ respondent is anticipated. Comment is Invited Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The Forest Service will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request for final Office of Management and Budget approval. Dated: February 15, 2018. Monica Lear, Associate Deputy Chief, Research & Development. [FR Doc. 2018–05004 Filed 3–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10827 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Information Collection: Generic Clearance for Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Natural Resource Planning and Collaborative Conservation Forest Service, USDA. Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a new generic information collection request, Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Natural Resource Planning and Collaborative Conservation. DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before May 14, 2018 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for Social Science Research, Forest Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Mailstop 1114, Washington, DC 20250–1114,or by electronic mail to PRAcomments@ fs.fed.us, with ‘‘PRA comment on planning and collaborative conservation’’ in the subject line. If comments are sent by electronic mail, the public is requested not to send duplicate written comments via regular mail. Please confine written comments to issues pertinent to the information collection request, explain the reasons for any recommended changes, and, where possible, reference the specific section or paragraph being addressed. All timely submitted comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received on this information collection at the USDA—Forest Service headquarters, 201 14th St. SW, Washington, DC 20250 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on business days. Those wishing to inspect comments should contact Kenli Kim (kkim@fs.fed.us) to facilitate an appointment and entrance to the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for Social Science Research at the Forest Service (kkim@fs.fed.us). Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1 10828 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 13, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Generic Clearance for Social Science Research on Natural Resource Planning and Collaborative Conservation. OMB Number: 0596—NEW. Expiration Date of Approval: NEW. Type of Request: NEW. Abstract: The USDA Forest Service’s mission is ‘‘Caring for the Land and Serving People.’’ This includes directly managing National Forest and Grassland units and providing science-based guidelines for the management of forests, grasslands, and other natural resources in cities and towns as well as those under management by land trusts, neighborhood groups, states, and other entities. In order to fulfill this mission, the Agency needs an accurate understanding of the range of views and preferences held by stakeholders regarding the management and conservation of forests and other natural resources. Collaborative conservation is the process of creating and executing land and resource management decisions informed by local knowledge, community participation, and science. Collaborative conservation aims to improve the health, resilience, and sustainability of natural resources and human communities and to maximize the benefits that forests, grasslands, and other natural resources provide to society. This includes environmental benefits such as clean air and water and carbon storage; economic benefits such as energy savings and timber and other forest products; and social benefits such as improved physical health, aesthetic beauty, and stress reduction. A collaborative conservation approach to land management amendments and planning revisions for forests, grasslands, and other natural resources may also help ensure environmental justice for groups and individuals whose views and concerns have not historically been taken into account in land management planning. Managing forests, grasslands, and natural areas in a collaborative and sustainable way requires detailed, scientifically-based information about people’s views on both conservation in general and about specific forests or other natural places that are important in their lives. A collaborative conservation approach to land management amendments and planning takes in-depth understanding of how groups and individuals work effectively together, how information and knowledge are shared, and how to incorporate multiple viewpoints in resource planning while effectively managing conflict. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Mar 12, 2018 Jkt 244001 Taking all of this into account, the Forest Service and other public and private land managers need to collect information from a wide range of stakeholders in order to make informed decisions about natural resource conservation, restoration and management, land management amendments and planning revisions. To ensure that the Forest Service can meet its statutory and regulatory responsibilities and is able to inform management of forests and other natural areas, the Forest Service is seeking OMB approval to collect information from people who use, live near, manage, make policies for, or otherwise have a stake in the management of forests and other natural resources. Estimate of Annual Burden on Respondents: 32,183 hours/year. Type of Respondents: Participants/ respondents will be individuals, not specific entities. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 251,050 year. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response/ respondent is anticipated. Comment Is Invited Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The Forest Service will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request for final Office of Management and Budget approval. Dated: February 15, 2018 Monica Lear, Associate Deputy Chief, Research & Development. [FR Doc. 2018–05003 Filed 3–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Information Collection: Generic Clearance for Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Goods, Services, and Jobs Provided by Forests and Natural Areas Forest Service, USDA. Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a new generic information collection request, Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Goods, Services, and Jobs Provided by Forests and Natural Areas. DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before May 14, 2018 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for Social Science Research, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Mailstop 1114, Washington, DC 20250–1114, or by electronic mail to PRAcomments@ fs.fed.us, with ‘‘PRA comment on Goods, Services, and Jobs’’ in the subject line. If comments are sent by electronic mail, the public is requested not to send duplicate written comments via regular mail. Please confine written comments to issues pertinent to the information collection request, explain the reasons for any recommended changes, and, where possible, reference the specific section or paragraph being addressed. All timely submitted comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received on this information collection at the USDA Forest Service Headquarters, 201 14th St. SW, Washington, DC 20250 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on business days. Those wishing to inspect comments should contact Kenli Kim (kkim@fs.fed.us) to facilitate an appointment and entrance to the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for Social Science Research at the Forest Service (kkim@fs.fed.us). Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 49 (Tuesday, March 13, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Information Collection: Generic Clearance for Social Science and 
Economics Data Collections on Natural Resource Planning and 
Collaborative Conservation

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and 
organizations on a new generic information collection request, Social 
Science and Economics Data Collections on Natural Resource Planning and 
Collaborative Conservation.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before May 14, 2018 
to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will 
be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Kenli Kim, National Program Leader 
for Social Science Research, Forest Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, 
Mailstop 1114, Washington, DC 20250-1114,or by electronic mail to 
[email protected], with ``PRA comment on planning and collaborative 
conservation'' in the subject line. If comments are sent by electronic 
mail, the public is requested not to send duplicate written comments 
via regular mail. Please confine written comments to issues pertinent 
to the information collection request, explain the reasons for any 
recommended changes, and, where possible, reference the specific 
section or paragraph being addressed.
    All timely submitted comments, including names and addresses when 
provided, are placed in the record and are available for public 
inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received on 
this information collection at the USDA--Forest Service headquarters, 
201 14th St. SW, Washington, DC 20250 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. on business days. Those wishing to inspect comments should 
contact Kenli Kim ([email protected]) to facilitate an appointment and 
entrance to the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for 
Social Science Research at the Forest Service ([email protected]). 
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four 
hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Generic Clearance for Social Science Research on Natural 
Resource Planning and Collaborative Conservation.
    OMB Number: 0596--NEW.
    Expiration Date of Approval: NEW.
    Type of Request: NEW.
    Abstract: The USDA Forest Service's mission is ``Caring for the 
Land and Serving People.'' This includes directly managing National 
Forest and Grassland units and providing science-based guidelines for 
the management of forests, grasslands, and other natural resources in 
cities and towns as well as those under management by land trusts, 
neighborhood groups, states, and other entities. In order to fulfill 
this mission, the Agency needs an accurate understanding of the range 
of views and preferences held by stakeholders regarding the management 
and conservation of forests and other natural resources.
    Collaborative conservation is the process of creating and executing 
land and resource management decisions informed by local knowledge, 
community participation, and science. Collaborative conservation aims 
to improve the health, resilience, and sustainability of natural 
resources and human communities and to maximize the benefits that 
forests, grasslands, and other natural resources provide to society. 
This includes environmental benefits such as clean air and water and 
carbon storage; economic benefits such as energy savings and timber and 
other forest products; and social benefits such as improved physical 
health, aesthetic beauty, and stress reduction. A collaborative 
conservation approach to land management amendments and planning 
revisions for forests, grasslands, and other natural resources may also 
help ensure environmental justice for groups and individuals whose 
views and concerns have not historically been taken into account in 
land management planning.
    Managing forests, grasslands, and natural areas in a collaborative 
and sustainable way requires detailed, scientifically-based information 
about people's views on both conservation in general and about specific 
forests or other natural places that are important in their lives. A 
collaborative conservation approach to land management amendments and 
planning takes in-depth understanding of how groups and individuals 
work effectively together, how information and knowledge are shared, 
and how to incorporate multiple viewpoints in resource planning while 
effectively managing conflict.
    Taking all of this into account, the Forest Service and other 
public and private land managers need to collect information from a 
wide range of stakeholders in order to make informed decisions about 
natural resource conservation, restoration and management, land 
management amendments and planning revisions. To ensure that the Forest 
Service can meet its statutory and regulatory responsibilities and is 
able to inform management of forests and other natural areas, the 
Forest Service is seeking OMB approval to collect information from 
people who use, live near, manage, make policies for, or otherwise have 
a stake in the management of forests and other natural resources.
    Estimate of Annual Burden on Respondents: 32,183 hours/year.
    Type of Respondents: Participants/respondents will be individuals, 
not specific entities.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 251,050 year.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response/
respondent is anticipated.

Comment Is Invited

    Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information 
is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the 
functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have 
practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency's 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology. The Forest Service will consider the comments received and 
amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be 
submitted to OMB for review and approval.
    All comments received in response to this notice, including names 
and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. 
Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request for 
final Office of Management and Budget approval.

    Dated: February 15, 2018
Monica Lear,
Associate Deputy Chief, Research & Development.
[FR Doc. 2018-05003 Filed 3-12-18; 8:45 am]
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