Information Collection; Understanding Value Trade-Offs Regarding Fire Hazard Reduction Programs in the Wildland-Urban Interface, 46700-46701 [2018-20046]

Download as PDF 46700 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2018 / Notices Officer at 541–618–2061 or email brianwhite@fs.fed.us. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: New fees will be implemented at the following sites: Campgrounds: Butler Bar, Eden Valley, Laird Lake, Little Redwood, Oak Flat/Gravel Bar, Sunshine Bar. Depending on the site, the new recreation fee will be $8 or $10 per night. Group Campsites: Six Mile and Winchuck. Group camping fees will be $50 per night. Cabins/lookouts: Ferris Ford Cabin, Store Gulch Guard Station, and Squaw Peak Lookout. Depending on the facility, the overnight fee will be $65 to $125. The pricing difference reflects variables such as the number of people who can use the sites, and whether electricity, running water and other amenities are provided. Day use areas/interpretive/picnic sites: Diver’s Hole, Foster Bar, Lobster Creek, Quosatana, River Bench, Six Mile, Store Gulch, Union Wayside, Natural Bridge, and Rogue Gorge. These day use sites will be $5 per day. The Northwest Forest Pass and all America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes will be honored at these sites. The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act (Title VII, Pub. L. 108–447) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to publish a six month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are established. Dated: September 6, 2018. Chris French, Acting Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2018–19966 Filed 9–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Information Collection; Understanding Value Trade-Offs Regarding Fire Hazard Reduction Programs in the Wildland-Urban Interface Forest Service, USDA. Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the renewal of a currently approved information collection, Understanding Value Tradeoffs regarding Fire Hazard Reduction SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Sep 13, 2018 Jkt 244001 Programs in the Wildland-Urban Interface (OMB # 0596–0189), with a revision for the removal of in-depth phone interviews and minor changes in questionnaire. DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before November 13, 2018 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Jose´ Sa´nchez, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 4955 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, California 92507. Comments may also be submitted via facsimile to 951–680– 1501, or by email to jsanchez@fs.fed.us. The public may inspect comments received at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to facilitate entry to the building. ´ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Sa´nchez, by phone at 951–680–1560. 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: Understanding Value Trade-offs Regarding Fire Hazard Reduction Programs in the Wildland-Urban Interface. OMB Number: 0596–0189. Expiration Date of Approval: November 30, 2018. Type of Request: Renewal with revision. Abstract: Forest Service and university researchers will collect information from members of the public via a brief phone questionnaire followed by the respondent’s choice of a mail questionnaire or an online questionnaire to help forest and fire managers understand value trade-offs regarding fire hazard reduction programs in the wildland-urban interface. Researchers will evaluate the responses of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas residents to different scenarios related to fire-hazard reduction programs, determine how effective residents think the programs are, and calculate how much residents would be willing to pay to implement the alternatives presented to them. This information will help researchers provide better information to natural resource, forest, and fire managers when they are contemplating the type of fire-hazard reduction program to implement to achieve forestland management planning objectives. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A random sample of residents of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas will be contacted via randomdigit dialed telephone calls and asked to participate in the research study. If they are willing to participate in the study, they will elect to receive an online or paper questionnaire and will provide the appropriate address. Though different forms, these questionnaires have the same set of questions. In this initial call, we will also ask those willing to participate a brief set of questions to determine pre-existing knowledge of fuels reduction treatments. After completion of the mail or online questionnaire, no further contact with the participants will occur. The in-depth phone interviews approved in the prior version of this information collection will be removed from the protocol in this renewal. Additionally, we anticipate adding several questions to the questionnaire on emerging issues, including how scenic quality impacts resident support for fire-hazard reduction programs. A university research-survey center will collect the information for the mail and online questionnaires. A Forest Service researcher and collaborators at a cooperating university will analyze the data collected. Researchers are experienced in applied economic nonmarket valuation research and survey research methods. The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as many state agencies with fire protection responsibilities will benefit from this information collection. At present, many of these agencies with fire protection responsibilities continue an ambitious and costly fuels reduction program for fire risk reduction and will benefit from public opinion on which treatments are most effective or desirable. Estimate of Annual Burden per Respondent: 40 minutes. Type of Respondents: Members of the public. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 1,675. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 690 hours. 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 E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2018 / Notices 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. 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 toward Office of Management and Budget approval. Dated: August 29, 2018. Carlos Rodriguez-Franco, Deputy Chief, Research & Development. [FR Doc. 2018–20046 Filed 9–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Bridger-Teton National Forest, Jackson Ranger District, Teton County, Wyoming; Snow King Mountain Resort On-Mountain Improvements Project Environmental Impact Statement Forest Service, USDA. Notice to reopen the public scoping period. AGENCY: The USDA Forest Service, Bridger-Teton National Forest is issuing this notice to advise the public that the public scoping period for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement on the Snow King Mountain Resort On-mountain Improvements Project has been reopened. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by October 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Bridger-Teton National Forest—Jackson Ranger District, P.O. Box 1689, Jackson, WY 83001—attention District Ranger Mary Moore. Comments may be handdelivered to 340 N. Cache St. between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments may be sent via email to: commentsintermtn-bridger-teton-jackson@ fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 307–739– 5010. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Moore, Jackson District Ranger, marymoore@fs.fed.us or (307) 739–5410. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the 17:06 Sep 13, 2018 Jkt 244001 Dated: September 5, 2018. Allen Rowley, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2018–20044 Filed 9–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. The applicable date of implementation of the proposed new fee will be no earlier than six months after publication of this notice. ADDRESSES: Cheat-Potomac Ranger District, Attn: Alex Schlueter, 2499 North Fork Hwy., Petersburg, WV 26847. Alex Schlueter, North Zone Recreation Staff Officer, 304–257–4488 x7114. Information about proposed fee changes can also be found on the Monongahela National Forests’ website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/mnf. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act (Title VII, Pub. L. 108–447) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to publish a six month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are established. Once public involvement is complete, this new fee will be reviewed by the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee prior to a final decision and implementation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: August 28, 2018. Chris French, Acting Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2018–19963 Filed 9–13–18; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service ACTION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original Notice of Intent for public comment on the Snow King Mountain Resort On-mountain Improvements Project was published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2018 (83 FR 38117), announcing a 30-day public scoping period. A corrected notice was published on August 14, 2018 (83 FR 40215), providing a correction to the contact information and clarifying the end date of the scoping period. Recognizing a 30-day comment period may be insufficient for comment preparation from all interested parties, the comment period is being extended until October 4, 2018. A detailed description of the proposed action, including maps, and additional information, is available at: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/project/ ?project=54201. 46701 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Notice of Proposed New Fee Sites; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Monongahela National Forest, Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of proposed new fee sites. AGENCY: The Monongahela National Forest is proposing to charge a reservation fee at the newly constructed Seneca Rocks Picnic Shelter of $75 per day plus a $10 service fee. Advance reservations for the shelter will be available through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1–877–444–6777. Use of the shelter during unreserved times will remain free of charge. The final fee price will be determined upon further analysis and public comment. An analysis of nearby shelters with similar amenities shows that the proposed fee is reasonable and typical of similar sites in the area. Funds from the fee would be used for the continued operation, maintenance, and improvements of this site. DATES: Comments will be accepted by September 30, 2018 so comments can be compiled, analyzed, and shared with SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 BILLING CODE 3411–15–P Sfmt 4703 Forest Service Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Madison Ranger District; Montana; Strawberry to Cascade Allotment Management Plans Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Strawberry to Cascade allotment management plans (AMPs). The proposed project would revise grazing management on the Barnett, Black Butte, Coal Creek, Cottonwood, Fossil-Hellroaring, Lyon-Wolverine, Poison Basin, and Upper Ruby allotments (sheep grazing portions) in the Gravelly Mountain Range on the Madison Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (B–D NF). DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by October 15, 2018. The draft EIS is expected to be published March 2019 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Information Collection; Understanding Value Trade-Offs Regarding 
Fire Hazard Reduction Programs in the Wildland-Urban Interface

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 the renewal of a currently approved information 
collection, Understanding Value Trade-offs regarding Fire Hazard 
Reduction Programs in the Wildland-Urban Interface (OMB # 0596-0189), 
with a revision for the removal of in-depth phone interviews and minor 
changes in questionnaire.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before November 13, 
2018 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to 
Jos[eacute] S[aacute]nchez, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest 
Research Station, 4955 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, California 92507. 
Comments may also be submitted via facsimile to 951-680-1501, or by 
email to [email protected].
    The public may inspect comments received at the Pacific Southwest 
Research Station, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged 
to call ahead to facilitate entry to the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jos[eacute] S[aacute]nchez, by phone 
at 951-680-1560. 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: Understanding Value Trade-offs Regarding Fire Hazard 
Reduction Programs in the Wildland-Urban Interface.
    OMB Number: 0596-0189.
    Expiration Date of Approval: November 30, 2018.
    Type of Request: Renewal with revision.
    Abstract: Forest Service and university researchers will collect 
information from members of the public via a brief phone questionnaire 
followed by the respondent's choice of a mail questionnaire or an 
online questionnaire to help forest and fire managers understand value 
trade-offs regarding fire hazard reduction programs in the wildland-
urban interface. Researchers will evaluate the responses of Arizona, 
Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas residents to different scenarios 
related to fire-hazard reduction programs, determine how effective 
residents think the programs are, and calculate how much residents 
would be willing to pay to implement the alternatives presented to 
them. This information will help researchers provide better information 
to natural resource, forest, and fire managers when they are 
contemplating the type of fire-hazard reduction program to implement to 
achieve forestland management planning objectives.
    A random sample of residents of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and 
Texas will be contacted via random-digit dialed telephone calls and 
asked to participate in the research study. If they are willing to 
participate in the study, they will elect to receive an online or paper 
questionnaire and will provide the appropriate address. Though 
different forms, these questionnaires have the same set of questions. 
In this initial call, we will also ask those willing to participate a 
brief set of questions to determine pre-existing knowledge of fuels 
reduction treatments. After completion of the mail or online 
questionnaire, no further contact with the participants will occur. The 
in-depth phone interviews approved in the prior version of this 
information collection will be removed from the protocol in this 
renewal. Additionally, we anticipate adding several questions to the 
questionnaire on emerging issues, including how scenic quality impacts 
resident support for fire-hazard reduction programs.
    A university research-survey center will collect the information 
for the mail and online questionnaires. A Forest Service researcher and 
collaborators at a cooperating university will analyze the data 
collected. Researchers are experienced in applied economic non-market 
valuation research and survey research methods.
    The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as 
many state agencies with fire protection responsibilities will benefit 
from this information collection. At present, many of these agencies 
with fire protection responsibilities continue an ambitious and costly 
fuels reduction program for fire risk reduction and will benefit from 
public opinion on which treatments are most effective or desirable.
    Estimate of Annual Burden per Respondent: 40 minutes.
    Type of Respondents: Members of the public.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 1,675.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 690 hours.
    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

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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.
    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 
toward Office of Management and Budget approval.

    Dated: August 29, 2018.
Carlos Rodriguez-Franco,
Deputy Chief, Research & Development.
[FR Doc. 2018-20046 Filed 9-13-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3411-15-P