[Federal Register: June 11, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 112)]
[Page 34998]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection To Be Submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Togiak National Wildlife 
Refuge Oral History Project

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will submit the collection 
of information listed below to OMB for approval under the provisions of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collection requirement is 
described in this notice. If you wish to obtain copies of the proposed 
information collection requirement, related forms, or explanatory 
material, contact the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer 
at the address listed below.

DATES: You must submit comments before July 11, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments on this information collection to the 
Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA via 
facsimile or e-mail using the following fax number or e-mail address: 
(202) 395-5806 (fax); ruth_solomon@omb.eop.gov (e-mail). Please 
provide a copy of your comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service's 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., MS 222 
ARLSQ, Arlington, VA 22207; (703) 358-2269 (fax); or anissa_
craghead@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection request, explanatory information, or related forms, contact 
Anissa Craghead at (703) 358-2445, or electronically to anissa_
    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR 
1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), require that interested members of the public 
and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information 
collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). The U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service (We) plan to submit a request to OMB for 
approval of a new collection of information on the traditional 
ecological knowledge of residents in the vicinity of Togiak National 
Wildlife Refuge, in southwestern Alaska. We are requesting a 3-year 
term of approval for this information collection activity.
    Federal agencies 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. Because this would be a new 
information collection, we are asking OMB to assign a new control 
number to this activity.
    The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Pub. 
L. 105-57) amends and builds on the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee, as amended) (Act) to 
improve the management of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Section 
5 of the Act specifies that each refuge shall be managed to fulfill the 
mission of the System, as well as the specific purposes for which that 
refuge was established, and to ensure that the biological integrity, 
diversity, and environmental health of the System are maintained for 
the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. To help 
fulfill the goals of the Act, we are requesting OMB approval of a 
collection of information on traditional ecological knowledge relating 
to persistence and change over time of the fish and wildlife 
populations and habitats of the area in and around Togiak National 
Wildlife Refuge. The information collected during this project would be 
used by cooperators to create a permanent record of the long-term, 
local subsistence activities and status of natural resources in the 
area of the refuge.
    Title: Oral History and Traditional Knowledge-Gathering Within 
Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: Local rural residents.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: The reporting burden is estimated to 
average 5.5 hours per respondent. The total annual burden is 55 hours.
    Total Annual Responses: We expect 10 individuals to participate in 
the survey per year.
    We invite comments concerning this new request on: (1) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
our refuge management functions, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden 
of the collection of information; (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.

    Dated: June 5, 2003.
Anissa Craghead,
Information Collection Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 03-14664 Filed 6-10-03; 8:45 am]