[Federal Register: February 22, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 35)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0132; 
Research to Support Analysis and Management Carrying Capacity at Lake 
Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Phase 2

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


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SUMMARY:  We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC, which is scheduled to expire on 
May 31, 2007. We 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.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before April 23, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); 
hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail, fax, or e-mail (see 
ADDRESSES) or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

    I. Abstract
    Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge contains significant natural 
and recreational resources. We estimate that the area has over 50,000 
visits per year, which can result in significant resource and social 
    In 2006, we began a research study to gather information to help 
support application of visitor carrying capacity at the refuge. We 
conducted a survey of visitors to the refuge to determine relevant 
indicators of quality for the visitor experience. Indicators of quality 
are measurable, manageable variables that reflect the essence or 
meaning of management objectives. OMB approved this collection of 
information and assigned control number 1018-0132, which expires May 
31, 2007.
    We plan to ask OMB to renew this information collection to include 
phase 2 of this study. During phase 2, we propose to survey visitors 
and nearby landowners to identify standards of quality for relevant 
indicator variables and determine attitudes toward management actions 
that we might use to ensure that the standards of quality are 
maintained. We will conduct two separate surveys. One survey will 
include a sample of visitors to Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge 
and the second survey will include private landowners adjacent to the 
refuge. We will collect the same information in both surveys; however, 
we will ask adjacent landowners for additional information about their 
frequency of use of the refuge.
    II. Data
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0132.
    Title: Research to Support Analysis and Management Carrying 
Capacity at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Phase 2.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2330 and 3-2330a.
    Type of Request: Revision of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Visitors to and landowners near Lake Umbagog 
National Wildlife Refuge.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time per respondent.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 500.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 500.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 125.
    III. Request for Comments
     We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
    (1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 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 
    Comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our 
request to OMB to approve this information collection.

    Dated: January 22, 2007
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E7-2960 Filed 2-21-07; 8:45 pm]

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