[Federal Register: January 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 18)]
[Page 4607-4608]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection To Be Sent to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Research 
To Support Analysis and Management of Carrying Capacity at Lake Umbagog 
National Wildlife Refuge

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) plan to request that OMB 
approve our information collection associated with research to support 
analysis and management of the carrying capacity at Lake Umbagog 
National Wildlife Refuge in Errol, New Hampshire. We will request that 
OMB approve this information collection for a 1-year term.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before March 28, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection to Hope 
Grey, Information Collection Clearance

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Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 N. Fairfax 
Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail); or 
(703) 358-2269 (fax).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection requirements, explanatory information, or related material, 
contact Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, at the 
above addresses or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which 
implement the 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)). 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.
    Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge contains significant natural 
and recreational resources. We estimate that the area accommodates over 
50,000 visits per year, and this can result in significant resource and 
social impacts. We propose to gather information that will help support 
application of visitor carrying capacity at Lake Umbagog National 
Wildlife Refuge. Study objectives will focus on three elements of 
carrying capacity frameworks that can benefit the most from empirical 
data: (1) Collecting baseline data on visitor use and perceptions of 
associated resource and social impacts, (2) identifying indicators and 
standards of quality, and (3) management of visitor use to ensure that 
we maintain standards of quality.
    Title of Collection: Research to Support Analysis and Management of 
Carrying Capacity at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge.
    OMB Control Number: This is a new collection.
    Service Form Number: None.
    Frequency of Responses: One time per respondent.
    Description of Respondents: Visitors to Lake Umbagog National 
Wildlife Refuge.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 500.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 500.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 125 hours. We estimate that 
the reporting burden will average 15 minutes per respondent.
    We invite your comments concerning this information collection on: 
(1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary to 
properly manage visitor carrying capacity, including whether or not the 
information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of our burden 
estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the 
information we want to collect; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on respondents.
    The information collections in this program are part of a system of 
records covered by the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a). Our practice is to 
make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, 
available for public review during regular business hours. Individual 
respondents may request that we withhold their home addresses from the 
record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There may 
also be limited circumstances in which we would withhold a respondent's 
identity from the administrative record, as allowable by law. If you 
wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this 
clearly at the beginning of your comment. We will not consider 
anonymous comments. We generally make all submissions from 
organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves 
as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses 
available for public inspection in their entirety.

     Dated: January 13, 2006.
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E6-1057 Filed 1-26-06; 8:45 am]