Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework, 18083-18084 [2018-08674]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 25, 2018 / Notices months. Turnover of sea otters in the area would slightly increase the total number of animals exposed to projectrelated noise; however, we expect that number would remain small. We find that the number of sea otters utilizing the affected area is small relative to the size of the population. Impact on Subsistence The subsistence provision of the MMPA does not apply to southern sea otters. Endangered Species Act The proposed activity will occur within the range of the southern sea otter, which is listed as threatened under the ESA. The Applicant has initiated interagency consultation under section 7 of the ESA with the Service’s Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office. We will complete intra-Service section 7 consultation on our proposed issuance of the IHA. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) The impacts associated with the project are described in a draft supplemental environmental assessment (EA) prepared on behalf of the USCG. The Service will review the EA and decide either to adopt it or prepare its own NEPA document before making a determination on the issuance of an IHA. Our analysis will be completed prior to issuance or denial of the IHA and will be available at http:// www.fws.gov/ventura/endangered/ species/info/sso.html. Government-to-Government Relations With Native American Tribal Governments In accordance with the President’s memorandum of April 29, 1994, ‘‘Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments’’ (59 FR 22951), Executive Order 13175, Secretarial Order 3206, the Department of the Interior’s manual at 512 DM 2, and the Native American Policy of the Service (January 20, 2016), we readily acknowledge our responsibility to communicate meaningfully with federally recognized Tribes on a Government-to-Government basis. We have evaluated possible effects on federally recognized Indian Tribes and have determined that there are no effects. Proposed Authorization The Service proposes to issue an IHA for small numbers of sea otters harassed incidentally by the Applicant while the Applicant is completing waterfront repairs at USCG Station Monterey VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:12 Apr 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 during a 1-year authorization period beginning on or before June 15, 2018. Authorization for incidental take beyond this period would require a request for renewal. The final IHA would incorporate the mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements discussed in this proposal. The Applicant would be responsible for following those requirements. These authorizations would not allow the intentional taking of sea otters. If the level of activity exceeded that described by the Applicant, or the level or nature of take exceeded those projected here, the Service would reevaluate its findings. The Secretary may modify, suspend, or revoke an authorization if the findings are not accurate or the conditions described in this notice are not being met. Request for Public Comments The Service requests interested persons to submit comments and information concerning this proposed IHA. Consistent with section 101(a)(5)(D)(iii) of the MMPA, we are opening the comment period on this proposed authorization for 30 days (see DATES). 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: March 1, 2018. Angela Picco, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2018–08559 Filed 4–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey [GR17ND00GCT2800; OMB Control Number 1028-New] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework U.S. Geological Survey, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18083 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing a new information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 25, 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 USGS, Information Collections Clearance Officer, 12201Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_collections@usgs.gov. Please reference ‘OMB Information Collection 1028–NEW: Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Clint Moore, Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 (mail); 706–542–1166 (phone); or cmoore@usgs.gov (email). You may also view the ICR at www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the USGS, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on 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 November 28, 2017 (82 FR 56262). No comments were received. 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 USGS; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the USGS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the USGS minimize the burden of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 18084 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 25, 2018 / Notices 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 may 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 Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) is a collaborative effort to confront and reduce the spread of invasive Phragmites grass in the Great Lakes watershed. Phragmites is associated with reduced water quality, loss of biodiversity, reduced recreational opportunities, and increased fire hazards. Reducing or eliminating Phragmites throughout the region will reverse these deleterious effects and help achieve the comprehensive restoration goals for the Great Lakes basin (see the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at https://www.glri.us/). The PAMF initiative uses the principles of adaptive management, a learning-based form of management in which data gathered following a treatment action are used to improve the predictive models that inform the decision-making process itself. Identified as a priority by the multi-national Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (http:// www.greatlakesphragmites.net/), PAMF is a network of public and private cooperators who share a common desire to reduce or eradicate invasive Phragmites on lands that they manage. Membership in PAMF is voluntary and occurs after the cooperator has decided to treat Phragmites. A process is being developed to deliver site-specific guidance to participants that will both help them understand what treatment approach is most likely to achieve their management objectives and support regional adaptive learning through improvements and feedbacks to underlying scientific models. Cooperators will monitor and report vegetation characteristics on lands enrolled in the program, and they will report attributes about treatments applied. The data will be used in analytical routines that will indicate a best treatment action to apply based on measured conditions and will update the set of predictive models that underlie the decision support tool. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:12 Apr 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 USGS is providing scientific leadership to the initiative through the development of models, monitoring design, data systems, and a workflow to process the collected data into management guidance. Title: Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework. OMB Control Number: 1028–NEW. Form Number: None. Type of Review: New. Respondents/Affected Public: General public, NGOs, governmental entities (Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Provincial). Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 100. Total Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 200. Estimated Completion Time per Response: We estimate that it will take 1.5 hours per person to review training materials, traverse the property to observe conditions, and enter information into a web-based form. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 300. Respondent’s Obligation: None, participation is voluntary. Frequency of Collection: Information is collected twice annually for each enrolled parcel, for as long as participant is enrolled in the program. Total Estimated Annual Non-Hour Cost: There are no ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection of information. 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.). Russell Strach, Center Director, USGS Great Lakes Science Center. [FR Doc. 2018–08674 Filed 4–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey [GR18ND00GQ44100; OMB Control Number 1028–NEW] Agency Information Collection Activities; Efficacy of Oak Savanna Restoration History Information Request U.S. Geological Survey, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Information Collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing a new information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 25, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request (ICR) by mail to the U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections Clearance Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_collections@usgs.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1028– NEW in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Noel B. Pavlovic by email at npavlovic@usgs.gov, or by telephone at 219–926–8336 X428. 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 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. We are 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 research being conducted by the USGS; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the information gathered enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the research being conducted; and (5) how might the researchers 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. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. 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 may 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. E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 80 (Wednesday, April 25, 2018)]
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[FR Doc No: 2018-08674]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

U.S. Geological Survey

[GR17ND00GCT2800; OMB Control Number 1028-New]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Phragmites 
Adaptive Management Framework

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, 
the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing a new information 
collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
May 25, 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 USGS, Information Collections Clearance Officer, 12201Sunrise Valley 
Drive, MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to [email protected]. Please reference `OMB Information Collection 
1028-NEW: Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework' in the subject line 
of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Clint Moore, Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. 
Geological Survey, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of 
Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 (mail); 706-542-1166 (phone); or 
[email protected] (email). You may also view the ICR at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the USGS, in accordance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, provide the general public and other 
Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on 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 
November 28, 2017 (82 FR 56262). No comments were received.
    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 USGS; (2) will this information be processed 
and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; 
(4) how might the USGS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (5) how might the USGS minimize the 
burden of

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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 may 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 Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) is a 
collaborative effort to confront and reduce the spread of invasive 
Phragmites grass in the Great Lakes watershed. Phragmites is associated 
with reduced water quality, loss of biodiversity, reduced recreational 
opportunities, and increased fire hazards. Reducing or eliminating 
Phragmites throughout the region will reverse these deleterious effects 
and help achieve the comprehensive restoration goals for the Great 
Lakes basin (see the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at https://www.glri.us/). The PAMF initiative uses the principles of adaptive 
management, a learning-based form of management in which data gathered 
following a treatment action are used to improve the predictive models 
that inform the decision-making process itself. Identified as a 
priority by the multi-national Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative 
(http://www.greatlakesphragmites.net/), PAMF is a network of public and 
private cooperators who share a common desire to reduce or eradicate 
invasive Phragmites on lands that they manage. Membership in PAMF is 
voluntary and occurs after the cooperator has decided to treat 
Phragmites. A process is being developed to deliver site-specific 
guidance to participants that will both help them understand what 
treatment approach is most likely to achieve their management 
objectives and support regional adaptive learning through improvements 
and feedbacks to underlying scientific models. Cooperators will monitor 
and report vegetation characteristics on lands enrolled in the program, 
and they will report attributes about treatments applied. The data will 
be used in analytical routines that will indicate a best treatment 
action to apply based on measured conditions and will update the set of 
predictive models that underlie the decision support tool. USGS is 
providing scientific leadership to the initiative through the 
development of models, monitoring design, data systems, and a workflow 
to process the collected data into management guidance.
    Title: Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework.
    OMB Control Number: 1028-NEW.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: New.
    Respondents/Affected Public: General public, NGOs, governmental 
entities (Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Provincial).
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 100.
    Total Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 200.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: We estimate that it will 
take 1.5 hours per person to review training materials, traverse the 
property to observe conditions, and enter information into a web-based 
form.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 300.
    Respondent's Obligation: None, participation is voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: Information is collected twice annually 
for each enrolled parcel, for as long as participant is enrolled in the 
program.
    Total Estimated Annual Non-Hour Cost: There are no ``non-hour 
cost'' burdens associated with this collection of information.
    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.).

 Russell Strach,
Center Director, USGS Great Lakes Science Center.
[FR Doc. 2018-08674 Filed 4-24-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4338-11-P