Agency Information Collection Activities; Forests, Wildfire Risk, and Watershed Health in the Rio Grande River Basin, 24535-24536 [2019-10998]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES States needs to support robust and resilient networks and other NS/EP functions, and how the Government is managing risks associated with those dependencies. The committees will also meet in a closed session from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss adversarial threats to critical infrastructure and cybersecurity systems and potential NSTAC and NIAC study topics. Basis for Closure: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B), The Government in the Sunshine Act, it has been determined that two agenda items require closure because disclosure of the information that will be discussed would not be in the public interest. Specifically, the agenda items include an adversarial threat discussion and a discussion of potential NSTAC and NIAC study topics. 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Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities: For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact NSTAC@hq.dhs.gov as soon as possible. Dated: May 21, 2019. Sandra Benevides, Alternate Designated Federal Officer, National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2019–10991 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–9P–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Geological Survey [GX18RB00FXBA100; OMB Control Number 1028–NEW] Agency Information Collection Activities; Forests, Wildfire Risk, and Watershed Health in the Rio Grande River Basin U.S. Geological Survey, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: 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 July 29, 2019. 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 Rudy Schuster by email at schusterr@usgs.gov, or by telephone at (970) 226–9165. 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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24535 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 USGS is investigating public values for changes in forest restoration treatments within the upper Rio Grande watershed in New Mexico and Colorado. The Rio Grande watershed supplies water to half of New Mexico’s population, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and many rural communities, but it also is threatened by the risk of high-severity wildfires. Forest restoration treatments can reduce the risks from high-severity wildfires, including threats to water security, private property, habitat for fish and wildlife, and air quality. USGS economists are partnering with an economic researcher with Northern Arizona University to review private citizens’ attitudes, perceptions, and the economic values associated with the different potential benefits of these forest restoration treatments. These values will be estimated via a survey instrument. Previous studies in the study area have established the public benefit of conducting forest restoration treatments overall; the focus of this study is the relevant benefits of different impacts of these treatments. The primary goal of conducting this valuation study is to improve the ability of federal, state, local, and non- E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 24536 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES governmental organizations to maximize public benefits when planning and implementing these forest restoration treatments across the landscape. The information collection process will be conducted by scientists and staff in the Social and Economic Analysis Branch of the USGS Fort Collins Science Center and partnering researchers in The W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. This information collection will be conducted through an online survey with an optional paper survey. Letters and postcards will be mailed to potential respondents to encourage participation in the survey. We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 250.197, ‘‘Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection.’’ Responses are voluntary. No questions of a ‘‘sensitive’’ nature are asked. Title of Collection: Forests, wildfire risk, and watershed health in the Rio Grande river basin. OMB Control Number: 1028–NEW. Form Number: None. Type of Review: New. Respondents/Affected Public: individuals/households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 3,000. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,000. Estimated Completion Time per Response: 20 minutes. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 333 hours. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: One time. Total Estimated Annual Non-hour Burden Cost: None/not applicable. 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.). Sharon Taylor, Fort Collins Science Center Director. [FR Doc. 2019–10998 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NRSS–SSB–FR00000042; PPWONRANDE2, PMP00E105.YP0000 (199); OMB Control Number 1024–0224] Agency Information Collection Activities; Programmatic Clearance for NPS-Sponsored Public Surveys National Park Service, Interior. Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the National Park Service (NPS) are proposing to renew an information collection request (ICR) with revisions. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 29, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this Information Collection Request (ICR) by mail to Phadrea Ponds, Acting NPS Information Collection Clearance Officer, 1201 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525; or by email at phadrea_ponds@nps.gov; or by telephone at 970–267–7231. Please reference OMB Control Number 1024– 0224 in the subject line of your comments. SUMMARY: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Bret Meldrum, Chief, Social Science Program National Park Service, 1201 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525; or by email at bret_ meldrum@nps.gov. 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 new, 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 NPS; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the NPS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the NPS minimize the burden of this collection FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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. Abstract: The NPS is authorized by the National Park Service Protection Interpretation and research in System (54 U.S.C. 100701) to collect this information. Since 1998, the NPS Social Science program has relied heavily on this generic approval to navigate the PRA process in an expedited manner. This process significantly streamlines the information collection requests to OMB in a manner that allows the NPS to submit at least 25 requests per year, which is four times as many as possible using the regular submission route. The Programmatic Clearance applies to all NPS social science collections (e.g., questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, etc.) designed to furnish usable information to NPS managers and planners concerning visitor experiences, perceptions of services, programs, and planning efforts in areas managed by the NPS. To qualify for the NPS generic programmatic review process each information request must show clear ties to NPS management and planning needs in areas managed by the NPS or involve research that will directly benefit the NPS. The scope of the programmatic review process is limited to issues that are noncontroversial or unlikely to attract significant public interest. All collections must be reviewed by the NPS and approved by OMB before a collection is administered. At least 80% of the questions in an individual collection must be taken from the OMB approved Pool of Known Questions (PKQ). We acknowledge that the PKQ is not a comprehensive collection of all possible survey questions; therefore, we allow leeway for requestors to add park or research specific questions not in the PKQ. However all questions must fit within the scope of the approved Topic Areas. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 102 (Tuesday, May 28, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24535-24536]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-10998]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Geological Survey

[GX18RB00FXBA100; OMB Control Number 1028-NEW]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Forests, Wildfire Risk, 
and Watershed Health in the Rio Grande River Basin

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 
July 29, 2019.

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-NEW in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Rudy Schuster by email at [email protected], 
or by telephone at (970) 226-9165.

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 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 USGS is investigating public values for changes in 
forest restoration treatments within the upper Rio Grande watershed in 
New Mexico and Colorado. The Rio Grande watershed supplies water to 
half of New Mexico's population, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and 
many rural communities, but it also is threatened by the risk of high-
severity wildfires. Forest restoration treatments can reduce the risks 
from high-severity wildfires, including threats to water security, 
private property, habitat for fish and wildlife, and air quality. USGS 
economists are partnering with an economic researcher with Northern 
Arizona University to review private citizens' attitudes, perceptions, 
and the economic values associated with the different potential 
benefits of these forest restoration treatments. These values will be 
estimated via a survey instrument. Previous studies in the study area 
have established the public benefit of conducting forest restoration 
treatments overall; the focus of this study is the relevant benefits of 
different impacts of these treatments. The primary goal of conducting 
this valuation study is to improve the ability of federal, state, 
local, and non-

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governmental organizations to maximize public benefits when planning 
and implementing these forest restoration treatments across the 
landscape.
    The information collection process will be conducted by scientists 
and staff in the Social and Economic Analysis Branch of the USGS Fort 
Collins Science Center and partnering researchers in The W.A. Franke 
College of Business at Northern Arizona University. This information 
collection will be conducted through an online survey with an optional 
paper survey. Letters and postcards will be mailed to potential 
respondents to encourage participation in the survey. We will protect 
information from respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom 
of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 
CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 250.197, ``Data and 
information to be made available to the public or for limited 
inspection.'' Responses are voluntary. No questions of a ``sensitive'' 
nature are asked.
    Title of Collection: Forests, wildfire risk, and watershed health 
in the Rio Grande river basin.
    OMB Control Number: 1028-NEW.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: New.
    Respondents/Affected Public: individuals/households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 3,000.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,000.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: 20 minutes.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 333 hours.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time.
    Total Estimated Annual Non-hour Burden Cost: None/not applicable.
    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.).

Sharon Taylor,
Fort Collins Science Center Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-10998 Filed 5-24-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4338-11-P