[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 129 (Thursday, July 5, 2012)]
[Page 39733]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16476]



National Park Service

[WASO-NRSS-10750; 2490-STC]

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request: Appalachian 
Trail Management Partner Survey

AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information 
collection (1024-0259); request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (National Park Service) will ask the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described 
below. This collection is to track the satisfaction of federal, state, 
and not-for-profit partner organizations and agencies receiving support 
from the Appalachian Trail Park Office (ATPO) to protect trail 
resources and provide for the public enjoyment and visitor experience 
of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Trail). To comply with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as a part of our continuing efforts 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public 
and other federal agencies to comment on this IC. The PRA (44 U.S.C. 
3501, et seq.) provides that we may not conduct or sponsor and a person 
is not required to respond to a collection unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number and current expiration date.

DATES: Please submit your comment on or before September 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please send your comments to the IC to Phadrea Ponds, 
Information Collections Coordinator, National Park Service, 1201 
Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (mail); or phadrea_ponds@nps.gov (email). Please reference Information Collection 1024-
0259 APPALACHIAN NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL, in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Walters, Appalachian National 
Scenic Trail (ANST), NPS, P.O. Box 50, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425; or via 
phone at (304) 535-6278; or via fax at (304) 535-6270, or via email at 


I. Abstract

    The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) is an unusual unit of 
the national park system, managed through a decentralized volunteer-
based cooperative management system involving: eight national forests, 
six other national park units, agencies in fourteen states, the 
Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and citizen volunteers from 30 
affiliated trail club organizations. The Appalachian Trail Management 
Partner Survey (ATMPS) will be used to measure performance through a 
partner satisfaction survey. The purpose of the ATMPS is to track the 
satisfaction of partner organizations receiving support from the 
Appalachian Trail Park Office (ATPO). Progress is measured by 
evaluating the quality of support provided by ATPO. Data from the 
proposed survey is needed to assess performance regarding NPS GPRA goal 
IIb0. HPS performance on all goals measured in this study will 
contribute to DOI Department-wide performance reports.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1024-0259.
    Title: Appalachian Trail Management Partner Survey.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: General public; Partners in the Appalachian Trail 
Cooperative Management System.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 200 (150 respondents and 50 
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 23 hours (3 minutes for 
respondents and 1 minute for non-respondents).
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 
    Comments: We invite comments concerning this IC on: (1) Whether or 
not the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency 
to perform its duties, including whether or not the information will 
have practical utility; (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 respondents, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Please note that the comments submitted 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 29, 2012.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Acting Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-16476 Filed 7-3-12; 8:45 am]