[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 124 (Wednesday, June 27, 2012)]
[Pages 38267-38268]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15705]



Forest Service

Information Collection; Request for Comment; Objections to New 
Land Management Plans, Plan Amendments, and Plan Revisions

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.


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SUMMARY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service 
is seeking comments from all interested people and organizations on the 
extension of a currently approved information collection, objections to 
new land management plans, plan amendments, and plan revisions.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before August 27, 
2012 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to: 
USDA, Forest Service, Attn: Chris French, Acting Assistant Director for 
Planning, Ecosystem Management Coordination, Mail Stop 1104, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1104.
    Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 202-205-1012 or by 
email to: rterney@fs.fed.us.
    The public may inspect comments received at the Ecosystem 
Management Coordination Office, 201 14th St. SW., Washington, DC, 
during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 
202-205-0895 to assist entry into the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regis Terney, Ecosystem Management 
Coordination, at 202-205-0895 or email to: rterney@fs.fed.us. 
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 
every day of the year, including holidays.

    Title: Objection to new land management plans, plan amendments, and 
plan revisions.
    OMB Number: 0596-0158.
    Expiration Date of Approval: February 28, 2013.
    Type of Request: Extension with revision of a currently approved 
    Abstract: The information that would be required by Title 36, Code 
of Federal Regulations, Part 219-Planning, Subpart A-National Forest 
System Land Management Planning (36 CFR part 219, subpart B), section 
219.54 is the minimum information needed for a person to make a clear 
objection to a proposed land management plan, plan amendment, or plan 
revision. Under 36 CFR 219.54, a person shall provide name, mailing 
address, and telephone number, or email address if available; 
signature; the name of the specific plan, amendment or revision that is 
the subject of the objection; and the name and title of the responsible 
official; a statement of the issues and/or the parts of the plan, plan 
amendment, or plan revision to which the objection applies; a concise 
statement explaining the objection and suggesting how the proposed plan 
decision may be improved. If applicable, the objector should identify 
how the objector believes that the plan, plan amendment, or plan 
revision is inconsistent with law, regulation, or policy; and a 
statement that demonstrates the link between prior substantive formal 
comments attributed to the objector and the content of the objection, 
unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the 
opportunities for formal comment (Sec.  219.53(a)).
    The reviewing officer shall review the objection(s) and relevant 
information and then respond to the objector(s) in writing.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: 10 hours to prepare the objection.
    Type of Respondents: Interested and affected people, organizations, 
and governmental units who participate in the planning process: such as 
people who live in or near National Forest System (NFS) lands; local, 
State, and Tribal governments who have an interest in the plan; Federal 
agencies with an interest in the management of NFS lands and resources; 
not-for-profit organizations interested in NFS management, such as 
environmental groups, recreation groups, educational institutions; and 
commercial users of NFS land and resources.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 36 per year.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 360 hours.
    Comment is invited on: (1) Whether the right information is being 
requested, including whether the information will have practical value; 
(2) whether the instructions in 36 CFR 219.54 are clear; (3) whether 
the Forest Service estimate of the burden of the collection of 
information is accurate, (10 hours); (4) ways to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; (5) ways to 
make the objections available to people, (6) ways to minimize the 
burden of the collection of information on people, including the use of 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    All comments received in response to this notice, including names 
and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. 
Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request 
toward Office of Management and Budget approval.

    Dated: June 18, 2012.
James M. Pe[ntilde]a,
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2012-15705 Filed 6-26-12; 8:45 am]