[Federal Register: January 22, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 14)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Information Collection; Alaska Guide Service Evaluation

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


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. 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 March 24, 2008.

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
    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 only 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 plan to 
use FWS Form 3-2349 (Alaska Guide Service Evaluation) 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. The information that we plan to collect, 
in combination with 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 will help refuge managers detect potential problems 
with guide services so that corrective actions can be taken promptly. 
In addition, we will use this information during the competitive 
selection process for big game and sport fishing guides 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 of big game guides 
using contact information provided by the guides as required under 
their permits.
    (2) On websites of refuges where guide services are permitted.
    (3) Upon request.
II. Data
    OMB Control Number: None. This is a new collection.
    Title: Alaska Guide Service Evaluation.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2349.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Affected Public: Clients of permitted commercial guide service 
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time following use of commercial 
guiding services.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 1,000
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1,000
    Estimated Time Per Response: 15 min.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 250.
III. Request for Comments
    We invite comments concerning this IC on:
    (1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;

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    (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 that you submit 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 IC. Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail 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: December 6, 2007.
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-989 Filed 1-18-08; am]