[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 127 (Wednesday, July 2, 2014)]
[Pages 37767-37768]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-15482]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R2-ES-2014-N136; FRES480102200B0-XXX-FF02ENEH00]

Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Survey of Rancher Opinions About 
Wildlife and Jaguar Habitat Management

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the

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collection and the estimated burden and cost. 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 August 1, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov 
(email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, MS 2042-PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 
(mail), or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-Jaguar 
Rancher'' in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.


Information Collection Request

    OMB Control Number: 1018-XXXX. This is a new collection.
    Title: Survey of Rancher Opinions about Wildlife and Jaguar Habitat 
    Service Form Number: None.
    Type of Request: Request for a new OMB control number.
    Number of Respondents: 325.
    Description of Respondents: Ranchers in southern Arizona and 
southwestern New Mexico.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time.

                                                   Number of
                   Activity                         annual        Completion time per response     Total annual
                                                   responses                                       burden hours
Initial Contact...............................             325  2.5 minutes.....................              14
Reminders.....................................             243  1 minute........................               4
Complete Survey...............................             228  30 minutes......................             114
    Totals....................................             796  ................................             132

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
    Abstract: We have contracted with the University of Arizona to 
conduct a survey of southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico 
ranchers to determine their knowledge of and attitudes toward jaguar 
habitat, their level of knowledge regarding payments for ecosystem 
services, and their attitudes and interest toward a payment for 
ecosystem services intended to benefit jaguar habitat. This survey is 
necessary because there is currently no statistically significant 
information available about rancher attitudes toward jaguar habitat or 
their understanding of payments for ecosystem services.
    The survey will improve rancher knowledge on these issues and will 
inform our evaluation of the practicality of a payment for ecosystem 
services for the benefit of jaguar habitat in southern Arizona and 
southwestern New Mexico. It will also aid in the implementation of 
jaguar habitat conservation efforts by increasing our knowledge of 
rancher attitudes toward jaguars and jaguar habitat management in 
southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.
    Information collected in the survey will include data on knowledge 
of jaguar habitat attributes, opinions and attitudes about the 
designation of critical habitat in southern Arizona and southwestern 
New Mexico, knowledge of payment for ecosystem services programs 
generally, and opinions and attitudes about participation in payment 
for ecosystem services programs.

Comments Received and Our Responses

    On December 17, 2013, we published in the Federal Register (78 FR 
76315) a notice of our intent to request that OMB approve this 
information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 
days, ending on February 18, 2014. We received three comments:
    Comment: One commenter objected to the survey and stated that it is 
a waste of taxpayer dollars. The commenter did not address the 
information collection requirements, and we have not made any changes 
to the survey.
    Comment: Two commenters requested inclusion of New Mexico ranchers 
in the survey sample.
    Response: Ranchers located in southwestern New Mexico (Hidalgo 
County) will be included in the survey sample. The survey sample will 
include ranchers in Pima, Santa Cruz, and Cochise Counties in Arizona 
and Hidalgo County in New Mexico.

Request for Public Comments

    We again 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. 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

    Dated: June 26, 2014.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-15482 Filed 7-1-14; 8:45 am]