Information Collection: Generic Clearance for Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Goods, Services, and Jobs Provided by Forests and Natural Areas, 10828-10829 [2018-05006]

Download as PDF 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 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 13, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Generic Clearance for Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Goods, Services, and Jobs Provided by Forests and Natural Areas. OMB Number: 0596—NEW. Expiration Date of Approval: NEW. Type of Request: NEW. Abstract: The USDA Forest Service is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to collect information that will help the Forest Service sustainably manage and provide guidance to others about managing the wide range of goods, services, jobs, and other values that people get from forests, grasslands, parks, and other natural areas. In rural, suburban, and urban parts of the country, forests, grasslands, and other natural areas provide jobs through: Logging, sawmills, and extraction of non-timber forest products; guide services, hotels, restaurants, and equipment sales that support outdoor recreation; and natural area restoration and management activities. Innovative forest products such as wood-based nano-technologies and laminated timbers are critical to the modern economies of communities large and small. Forests and natural areas provide important ecosystem services such as clean water and natural flood control and influence other critical economic factors like home and land values. Time spent in or with a view of trees, forests, and green spaces can have indirect economic impacts and provide community benefits by improving mental and physical health and wellbeing. In addition to the products and services derived from forests, grasslands, or natural areas, people may also value and appreciate the natural environment itself when they experience it directly. These experiences can have meaningful and direct impacts on quality of life, sense of self, and sense of community. While such values are sometimes hard for people to express or to quantify, they play an important role in how people respond to natural resource management proposals and actions, and can often be at the root of conflict over land management policies and practices. Understanding people’s views on these goods, services, and values is critical to managing forests, grasslands, and other natural areas to meet the needs of American citizens—to provide the ‘‘greatest good to the greatest number of people for the longest time’’ as Gifford Pinchot, Founding Chief of the Forest Service, described it. Surveys, interviews, focus groups, and related VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Mar 12, 2018 Jkt 244001 methods administered under this Generic Clearance will collect information from individuals and groups who seek or benefit from a wide variety of goods, services, and other values from forests, grasslands, and other natural areas. 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: 9,440 hours/year. Type of Respondents: Participants/ respondents will be individuals, not specific entities. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 60,420 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. 2018–05006 Filed 3–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10829 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Rural BusinessCooperative Service (the Agency) Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act to allow potential applicants time to submit applications for financial assistance under Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, and give the Agency time to process applications within the current fiscal year. This NOSA is being issued prior to enactment of full year appropriation for 2018. The Agency will publish the amount of funding received in any continuing resolution or the final appropriations act on its website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/ notices-solicitation-applications-nosas. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s risk. The REAP has two types of funding assistance: (1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance, and (2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. The Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance provides grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. Eligible renewable energy systems for REAP provide energy from: Wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources. The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant is available to a unit of State, Tribal, or local government; instrumentality of a State, Tribal, or local government; institution of higher education; rural electric cooperative; a public power entity; or a council, as defined in 16 U.S.C. 3451. The recipient of grant funds, grantee, will establish a program to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 49 (Tuesday, March 13, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10828-10829]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-05006]


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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

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 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 
[email protected], 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 ([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 and Economics Data 
Collections on Goods, Services, and Jobs Provided by Forests and 
Natural Areas.
    OMB Number: 0596--NEW.
    Expiration Date of Approval: NEW.
    Type of Request: NEW.
    Abstract: The USDA Forest Service is seeking Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) approval to collect information that will help the 
Forest Service sustainably manage and provide guidance to others about 
managing the wide range of goods, services, jobs, and other values that 
people get from forests, grasslands, parks, and other natural areas.
    In rural, suburban, and urban parts of the country, forests, 
grasslands, and other natural areas provide jobs through: Logging, 
sawmills, and extraction of non-timber forest products; guide services, 
hotels, restaurants, and equipment sales that support outdoor 
recreation; and natural area restoration and management activities. 
Innovative forest products such as wood-based nano-technologies and 
laminated timbers are critical to the modern economies of communities 
large and small. Forests and natural areas provide important ecosystem 
services such as clean water and natural flood control and influence 
other critical economic factors like home and land values. Time spent 
in or with a view of trees, forests, and green spaces can have indirect 
economic impacts and provide community benefits by improving mental and 
physical health and well-being.
    In addition to the products and services derived from forests, 
grasslands, or natural areas, people may also value and appreciate the 
natural environment itself when they experience it directly. These 
experiences can have meaningful and direct impacts on quality of life, 
sense of self, and sense of community. While such values are sometimes 
hard for people to express or to quantify, they play an important role 
in how people respond to natural resource management proposals and 
actions, and can often be at the root of conflict over land management 
policies and practices.
    Understanding people's views on these goods, services, and values 
is critical to managing forests, grasslands, and other natural areas to 
meet the needs of American citizens--to provide the ``greatest good to 
the greatest number of people for the longest time'' as Gifford 
Pinchot, Founding Chief of the Forest Service, described it. Surveys, 
interviews, focus groups, and related methods administered under this 
Generic Clearance will collect information from individuals and groups 
who seek or benefit from a wide variety of goods, services, and other 
values from forests, grasslands, and other natural areas. 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: 9,440 hours/year.
    Type of Respondents: Participants/respondents will be individuals, 
not specific entities.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 60,420 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. 2018-05006 Filed 3-12-18; 8:45 am]
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