[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 186 (Monday, September 26, 2011)]
[Pages 59420-59421]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-24632]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R7-R-2011-N190; 70138-1263-0000-4A]

Proposed Information Collection; Alaska Guide Service Evaluation

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. 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. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on March 31, 2012. 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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by November 25, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-PDM, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail). Please include ``1018-0141'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone).

    I. Abstract. We collect information on FWS Form 3-2349 (Alaska 
Guide Service Evaluation) to help us evaluate commercial guide services 
on our national wildlife refuges in the State of Alaska (State). The 
National Wildlife Refuge Administration Act of 1966, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-ee), authorizes us to permit uses, including commercial 
visitor services, on national wildlife refuges when we find the 
activity to be compatible with the purposes for which the refuge was 
established. With the objective of making available a variety of 
quality visitor services for wildlife-dependent recreation on National 
Wildlife Refuge System lands, we issue permits for commercial guide 
services, including big game hunting, sport fishing, wildlife viewing, 
river trips, and other guided activities. We use FWS Form 3-2349 as a 
method to:
    (1) Monitor the quality of services provided by commercial guides.
    (2) Gauge client satisfaction with the services.
    (3) Assess the impacts of the activity on refuge resources.
    The client is the best source of information on the quality of 
commercial guiding services. We collect:
    (1) Client name.
    (2) Guide name(s).
    (3) Type of guided activity.
    (4) Dates and location of guided activity.
    (5) Information on the services received such as the client's 
expectations, safety, environmental

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impacts, and client's overall satisfaction.
    We will encourage respondents to provide any additional comments 
that they wish regarding the guide service or refuge experience, and 
ask whether or not they wish to be contacted for additional 
    The above information, in combination with State-required guide 
activity reports and contacts with guides and clients in the field, 
provides a comprehensive method for monitoring permitted commercial 
guide activities. A regular program of client evaluation helps refuge 
managers detect potential problems with guide services so that we can 
take corrective actions promptly. In addition, we use this information 
during the competitive selection process for big game and sport fishing 
guide permits to evaluate an applicant's ability to provide a quality 
guiding service.
    We will provide the evaluation form to clients by one of several 
    (1) The refuge may mail the form to the clients.
    (2) On Web sites of refuges where guide services are permitted.
    (3) Upon request.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0141.
    Title: Alaska Guide Service Evaluation.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2349.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Clients of permitted commercial guide 
service providers.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time following use of commercial guide 
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 396.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 396.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 99.

III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    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 IC. 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.

    Dated: September 21, 2011.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-24632 Filed 9-23-11; 8:45 am]