[Federal Register: May 6, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 87)]
[Page 24964-24965]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R4-R-2010-N091] [40137-1263-0000-0X]

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-NEW; 
Refuge Daily Visitor Use Report and Check-In Permit

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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by July 6, 2010.

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); or hope_
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

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


I. Abstract

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 
U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Improvement Act of 1997, and the Refuge Recreation Act of 1962 (16 
U.S.C. 460k-460k-4) govern the administration and uses of national 
wildlife refuges and wetland management districts. We are authorized to 
permit public uses on lands of the National Wildlife Refuge System, 
including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, 
and environmental education and interpretation, and other visitor uses 
when we find that the activities are compatible and appropriate with 
the purpose or purposes for which the refuges were established.
    We collect information on hunters and anglers and other visitors in 
order to protect refuge resources and administer and evaluate the 
success of visitor programs. Because of high demand and limited 
resources, we often provide visitor opportunities by permit, based on 
dates, locations, or type of public use. We may not allow all 
opportunities on all refuges and harvest information differs on each 
refuge. Therefore, we are proposing two forms to collect this 
information. Not all refuges will use each form and some refuges may 
collect the information in a nonform format. We propose to collect:
     Information on the visitor (name, address, and contact 
     Whether or not hunters/anglers were successful (number and 
type of harvest/caught).
     Purpose of visit (hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, 
wildlife photography, auto touring, birding, hiking, boating/canoeing, 
visitor center, special event, environmental education class, 
volunteering, other recreation).
     Date of visit.
This information will be a vital tool in meeting refuge objectives and 
maintaining quality visitor experiences. The above information will 
help us:
     Administer and monitor visitor programs and facilities on 
     Distribute visitor permits to ensure safety of visitors.
     Ensure a quality visitor experience.
     Minimize resource disturbance, manage healthy game 
populations, and ensure the protection of fish and wildlife species.
     Assist in Statewide wildlife management and enforcement 
and develop reliable estimates of the number of all game fish and 
     Determine facility and program needs and budgets.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-XXXX.
    Title: Refuge Daily Visitor Use Report and Check-In Permit.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2405 and 3-2406.
    Type of Request: Request for a new OMB control number.
    Affected Public: Visitors to national wildlife refuges.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

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                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
FWS Form 3-2405 - Visitor Check-             590,000             590,000  5 minutes..........             49,167
 In Permit and Use Report.
FWS Form 3-2406 - Daily Visitor               60,000              60,000  5 minutes..........              5,000
 Use Report.
    Totals......................             650,000             650,000  ...................             54,167

III. Request for Comments

     We invite comments concerning this IC 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, 
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: April 30, 2010
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-10695 Filed 5-5-10; 8:45 am]