Agency Information Collection Activities; USA National Phenology Network-The Nature's Notebook Plant and Animal Observing Program, 54772-54773 [2018-23824]

Download as PDF 54772 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 211 / Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / Notices Alternatives We analyzed three alternatives in the final EIS, including the no action alternative and two action alternatives, for restoring the two areas on the San Diego Bay NWR that comprise the restoration project. In addition to a noaction alternative, the action alternatives include an intertidal alternative and a subtidal alternative. Alternative B: Intertidal Alternative (Selected Alternative) The Intertidal Alternative (Alternative B) proposes to lower the elevation and re-contour the Otay River Floodplain Site to create approximately 30 acres of tidally influenced habitat consisting of approximately 5 acres of intertidal mudflat and 25 acres of intertidal salt marsh habitat, 1 acre of transitional habitat and high tide refugia, and 4 acres of upland habitat. Approximately 320,000 cubic yards of soil would be excavated from the Otay River Floodplain Site to achieve elevations suitable for sustaining intertidal wetlands. The majority of the excavated material, approximately 260,000 cubic yards, would be transported to Pond 15 to be beneficially used as fill within the Pond 15 Site, as well as to reinforce existing levees around the pond. Pond 15 would be filled and contoured to achieve elevations required to support approximately 10 acres of subtidal habitat, 18 acres of intertidal mudflat, 57 acres of intertidal salt marsh habitat, 1.6 acres of transitional habitat and high tide refugia, and 4 acres of upland habitat. The combination of the wetlands created at the Otay River Floodplain Site and Pond 15 Site under this alternative would be consistent with the intent of the CCP and would provide sufficient mitigation credit to meet Poseidon’s Coastal Development Permit requirements. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Alternative C: Subtidal Alternative The Subtidal Alternative (Alternative C), which would include a subtidal channel within the Otay River Floodplain Site, would result in the restoration of approximately 4.5 acres of subtidal habitat, 6.5 acres of intertidal mudflat, 18 acres of intertidal salt marsh habitat, and 4 acres of upland habitat. Within the Pond 15 Site, tidally influenced habitat would be similar to that proposed under Alternative B, with approximately 10 acres of subtidal habitat, 16 acres of intertidal mudflat, 59 acres of intertidal salt marsh, 2 acres of high-tide refugia, and 4 acres of upland habitat. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Oct 30, 2018 Jkt 247001 Implementation of this alternative would involve the excavation of approximately 370,000 cubic yards of material from the Otay River Site, of which approximately 310,000 cubic yards of this material would be transported to the Pond 15 Site for beneficial use in creating tidal elevations that would support the desired intertidal habitats and improving levees to separate Pond 15 from the remaining active solar salt operation. The combination of the wetlands created at the Otay River Floodplain Site and Pond 15 Site under this alternative would also provide sufficient mitigation credit to meet the Commission’s permit requirements. Selected Alternative The ROD identifies the intertidal alternative (Alternative B) as the selected alternative. This alternative was also identified as the environmentally preferred alternative in the final EIS. The basis for the decision, descriptions of the alternatives considered, an overview of the measures to be implemented to avoid and minimize environmental effects, and a summary of the public involvement process are provided in the ROD. Authority We publish this notice under the authority of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.) and the Department of the Interior’s implementing regulations in title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR part 46). Jody Holzworth, Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2018–23823 Filed 10–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Geological Survey [GX14BA02EEW0200; OMB Control Number 1028–0103] Agency Information Collection Activities; USA National Phenology Network—The Nature’s Notebook Plant and Animal Observing Program U.S. Geological Survey, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is proposing to renew an information collection (IC). SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 31, 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– 0103 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Jake F. Weltzin by email at jweltzin@usgs.gov, or by telephone at 520–626–3821. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Geological Survey, 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. 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 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 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. Abstract: The USA–NPN is a program sponsored by the USGS that uses standardized forms for tracking plant DATES: E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 211 / Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / Notices and animal activity as part of a project called Nature’s Notebook. The Nature’s Notebook forms are used to record phenology (e.g., timing of leafing or flowering of plants and reproduction or migration of animals) as part of a nationwide effort to understand and predict how plants and animals respond to environmental variation and changes in weather and climate. Contemporary data collected through Nature’s Notebook are quality-checked, described and made publicly available; data are used to inform decision-making in a variety of contexts, including agriculture, drought monitoring, and wildfire risk assessment. Phenological information is also critical for the management of wildlife, invasive species, and agricultural pests, and for understanding and managing risks to human health and welfare, including allergies, asthma, and vector-borne diseases. Participants may contribute phenology information to Nature’s Notebook through a browser-based web application or via mobile applications for iPhone and Android operating systems, meeting GPEA and Privacy Act requirements. The web application interface consists several components: User registration, a searchable list of 1,260 plant and animal species which can be observed; a ‘‘profile’’ for each species that contains information about the species including its description and the appropriate monitoring protocols; a series of interfaces for registering as an observer, registering a site, registering plants and animals at a site, generating datasheets to take to the field, and a data entry page that mimics the datasheets. Title of Collection: USA NATIONAL PHENOLOGY NETWORK—THE NATURE’S NOTEBOOK PLANT AND ANIMAL OBSERVING PROGRAM OMB Control Number: 1028–0103. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. 54773 Respondents/Affected Public: Members of the public, registered with Nature’s Notebook, state Cooperative Extension employees and tribal members. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 7,581. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 4,093,314. Estimated Completion Time per Response: When joining the program, responders spend 13 minutes each to register and read guidelines and 83 minutes to watch all training videos. After that responders may spend about 2 minutes per record to observe and submit phenophase status record. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 138,857. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: On occasion; depends on the seasonal activity of plants and animals. Total Estimated Annual Non-hour Burden Cost: $11,484. TABLE—ANNUAL RESPONSES AND BURDEN HOURS Annual responses (projected) Response type Completion time per response (minutes) Annual burden (hours) Registrations .................................... Training videos ................................ Observation records ........................ 7,581 758 4,084,975 13 minutes (3 minutes to register + 10 minutes to read guidelines) ........ 83 minutes (to watch entire set of videos) ................................................ 2 minutes (includes observation and reporting time) ................................ 1,643 1,049 136,166 Total .......................................... 4,093,314 .................................................................................................................... 138,857 TABLE—ANNUAL NON-HOUR BURDEN COSTS amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Clipboard ...................................................................................................................................... Pencils ......................................................................................................................................... Flags ............................................................................................................................................ Markers ........................................................................................................................................ Stakes .......................................................................................................................................... Tags ............................................................................................................................................. Popsicle Sticks ............................................................................................................................. Average Marking Material Cost ................................................................................................... Cost per Response ............................................................................................................... Total Non-Hour Burden Cost ................................................................................................ 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 authorities for this action are the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.). Jake Weltzin, Program Manager, Status & Trends Program. [FR Doc. 2018–23824 Filed 10–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Oct 30, 2018 Jkt 247001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Cost per unit Number of respondents expected to use Non-hour burden cost $2.23 0.10 0.05 0.10 0.30 0.30 0.30 0.19 2.52 ........................ 4,245 4,245 1,516 1,516 1,516 1,516 1,516 ........................ ........................ ........................ $9,467 425 76 152 455 455 455 ........................ ........................ 11,484 60-Day notice and request for comments. ACTION: Bureau of Land Management In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing an early revision to an information collection. SUMMARY: [LLWO260000 L10600000.PC0000; OMB Control Number 1004–0042] Agency Information Collection Activities; Protection, Management, and Control of Wild Horses and Burros AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 31, 2018. DATES: Interior. PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 211 (Wednesday, October 31, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54772-54773]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-23824]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Geological Survey

[GX14BA02EEW0200; OMB Control Number 1028-0103]


Agency Information Collection Activities; USA National Phenology 
Network--The Nature's Notebook Plant and Animal Observing Program

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, the 
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is proposing to renew an information 
collection (IC).

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
December 31, 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 [email protected]. Please reference 
OMB Control Number 1028-0103 in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Jake F. Weltzin by email at [email protected], 
or by telephone at 520-626-3821.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Geological Survey, 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.
    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 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 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.
    Abstract: The USA-NPN is a program sponsored by the USGS that uses 
standardized forms for tracking plant

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and animal activity as part of a project called Nature's Notebook. The 
Nature's Notebook forms are used to record phenology (e.g., timing of 
leafing or flowering of plants and reproduction or migration of 
animals) as part of a nationwide effort to understand and predict how 
plants and animals respond to environmental variation and changes in 
weather and climate. Contemporary data collected through Nature's 
Notebook are quality-checked, described and made publicly available; 
data are used to inform decision-making in a variety of contexts, 
including agriculture, drought monitoring, and wildfire risk 
assessment. Phenological information is also critical for the 
management of wildlife, invasive species, and agricultural pests, and 
for understanding and managing risks to human health and welfare, 
including allergies, asthma, and vector-borne diseases. Participants 
may contribute phenology information to Nature's Notebook through a 
browser-based web application or via mobile applications for iPhone and 
Android operating systems, meeting GPEA and Privacy Act requirements. 
The web application interface consists several components: User 
registration, a searchable list of 1,260 plant and animal species which 
can be observed; a ``profile'' for each species that contains 
information about the species including its description and the 
appropriate monitoring protocols; a series of interfaces for 
registering as an observer, registering a site, registering plants and 
animals at a site, generating datasheets to take to the field, and a 
data entry page that mimics the datasheets.
    Title of Collection: USA NATIONAL PHENOLOGY NETWORK--THE NATURE'S 
NOTEBOOK PLANT AND ANIMAL OBSERVING PROGRAM
    OMB Control Number: 1028-0103.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Members of the public, registered with 
Nature's Notebook, state Cooperative Extension employees and tribal 
members.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 7,581.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 4,093,314.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: When joining the program, 
responders spend 13 minutes each to register and read guidelines and 83 
minutes to watch all training videos. After that responders may spend 
about 2 minutes per record to observe and submit phenophase status 
record.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 138,857.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion; depends on the seasonal 
activity of plants and animals.
    Total Estimated Annual Non-hour Burden Cost: $11,484.

                                    Table--Annual Responses and Burden Hours
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                                                 Annual
               Response type                    responses        Completion time per response      Annual burden
                                               (projected)                (minutes)                   (hours)
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Registrations..............................           7,581  13 minutes (3 minutes to register +           1,643
                                                              10 minutes to read guidelines).
Training videos............................             758  83 minutes (to watch entire set of            1,049
                                                              videos).
Observation records........................       4,084,975  2 minutes (includes observation and         136,166
                                                              reporting time).
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    Total..................................       4,093,314  ...................................         138,857
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                                       Table--Annual Non-Hour Burden Costs
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                                                                                     Number of
                                                                                    respondents      Non-hour
                                                                   Cost per unit    expected to     burden cost
                                                                                        use
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Clipboard.......................................................           $2.23           4,245          $9,467
Pencils.........................................................            0.10           4,245             425
Flags...........................................................            0.05           1,516              76
Markers.........................................................            0.10           1,516             152
Stakes..........................................................            0.30           1,516             455
Tags............................................................            0.30           1,516             455
Popsicle Sticks.................................................            0.30           1,516             455
Average Marking Material Cost...................................            0.19  ..............  ..............
    Cost per Response...........................................            2.52  ..............  ..............
    Total Non-Hour Burden Cost..................................  ..............  ..............          11,484
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    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 authorities for this action are the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.).

Jake Weltzin,
Program Manager, Status & Trends Program.
[FR Doc. 2018-23824 Filed 10-30-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4338-11-P