[Federal Register: August 29, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 168)]
[Page 55418-55419]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection To Be Submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction 

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. A copy of the information collection 
requirement is included in this notice. If you wish to obtain copies of 
the proposed information collection requirement, related forms, and 
explanatory material, contact the Service Information Collection 
Clearance Officer at the address listed below.

DATES: You must submit comments before the 30 day deadline.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on specific requirements to the Office of 
Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Department of the Interior Desk Officer, 725 17th Street, 
NW., Washington DC 20503, and to Anissa Craghead, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ms 222-
ARLSQ, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, (703) 358-2445.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection request, explanatory information and related forms, contact 
Anissa Craghead at (703) 358-2445, or electronically to anissa--

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), 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 to renew its approval of the collection of information 
for the North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey. We are 
requesting a 3-year term of approval for this information collection 
    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. The OMB control number for this 
collection of information is 1018-0019.
    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-711) and Fish and 
Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742d) designate the Department of the 
Interior as the key agency responsible for the wise management of 
migratory bird populations frequenting the United States and for the 
setting of hunting regulations that allow appropriate harvests that are 
within the guidelines that will allow for those populations' well 
being. These responsibilities dictate the gathering of accurate data on

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various characteristics of migratory bird populations. The North 
American Woodcock Singing-Ground Survey is an essential part of the 
migratory bird management program. This survey is conducted annually by 
State and Federal conservation agencies to provide the necessary data 
to determine the population status of the woodcock. In addition, the 
information is vital in assessing the relative changes in the 
geographic distribution of the woodcock. The information is used 
primarily by us to develop recommendations for hunting regulations. It 
is also used by us, State conservation agencies, University associates 
and other interested parties for various research and management 
projects. Without information on the population's status, we might 
promulgate hunting regulations that were too liberal thus causing harm 
to the woodcock population, or too conservative, thus unduly 
restricting recreational opportunities afforded by woodcock hunting.
    Title: North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey.
    Approval Number: 1018-0019.
    Service Form Number: 3-156.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: State, local, tribal, provincial, or 
Federal employees.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: The reporting burden is estimated to 
average 0.67 hours per respondent. With an estimated 40% entering data 
electronically, the reporting burden is estimated to average 0.75 hours 
per respondent. The Total Annual Burden hours is 527 hours.
    Total Annual Responses: About 750 individuals are expected to 
participate in the survey.
    We invite comments concerning this renewal on: (1) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
our migratory bird 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. The information collections in this program 
are part of a system of record covered by the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 

Anissa Craghead,
Collections Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 02-22101 Filed 8-28-02; 8:45 am]