[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 130 (Friday, July 6, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39984-39985]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16503]


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Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 130 / Friday, July 6, 2012 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Information Collection; Recreation Administration Permit and Fee 
Envelope

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Forest Service's 
intention to revise and rename an information collection associated 
with recreation permits and fees and request extension approval of the 
information collection retitled National Recreation Program 
Administration from the Office of Management and Budget.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before September 4, 
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 Nancy 
Stremple, Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources Staff, Mail 
Stop 1125, USDA Forest Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, 
DC 20250.
    Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to Nancy Stremple at 
202-205-1145 or by email to: recreation2300@fs.fed.us.
    The public may inspect comments received at the Office of the 
Director, Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources Staff, 4th Floor 
South, Sidney R. Yates Federal Building, 14th and Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC on business days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 
4:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202-205-1169 to 
facilitate entry to the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Recreation, Heritage, 
and Volunteer Resources Staff, at 202-205-1169 or 
recreation2300@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices 
for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-
877-8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including 
holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Recreation Administration Permit and Fee Envelope.
    OMB Numbers: 0596-0106.
    Expiration Date of Approval: 01/31/2013.
    Type of Request: Revision and Extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Federal Lands Recreation and Enhancement Act (16 
U.S.C. 6801-6814) authorizes the Forest Service to issue permits and 
charge fees for recreation uses of Federal recreational lands and 
waters, such as group activities, recreation events and motorized 
recreational vehicle use. In addition, permits may be issued as a means 
to disperse use, protect natural and cultural resources, provide for 
the health and safety of visitors, allocate capacity, and/or help cover 
the higher costs of providing specialized services.
    With this revision, Forest Service is including information 
collection requirements currently approved by OMB control number 0596-
0019 ``Visitor Permit and Visitor Registration Card'' (Expires 05/31/
2013) and additionally to add two new National Recreation forms, FS-
2300-47 and FS-2300-48. After OMB approves and combines the burden for 
the collection under a single collection retitled ``National Recreation 
Program Administration'' (0596-0106), the Department will retire number 
0596-0019.
    The new FS-2300-47, National Recreation Application, is a form used 
to apply for a recreation permit. Information collected for FS-2300-47 
includes the applicant's name, address, phone number and email address, 
location and activity type, date and time of requested use, itinerary, 
number in party, entry and exit points, day or overnight use, method of 
travel (if applicable), group organization or event name (if 
applicable), group leader name and contact information (if applicable), 
vehicle or boat registration and license number and State of issue (if 
applicable), type and number of boats, stock or off-highway vehicles 
(if applicable), and assessed fee and method of payment (if 
applicable).
    The new FS-2300-48, National Recreation Permit, is a form used to 
authorize specific activities at particular facilities or areas. 
Information collected for FS-2300-48 includes the group or individual's 
name, responsible person's signature, address, phone number, date of 
permit, method of travel, license number and description of vehicle and 
tow type, payment method and amount, number and types of water craft 
(if applicable), number in a group at a cabin or campsite (if 
applicable), number and type of off-highway vehicles or other vehicles, 
and number and type of other use (if applicable).
    This information is used to manage the application process and to 
issue permits for recreation uses of Federal recreational lands and 
waters. The information will be collected by Federal employees and 
agents who are authorized to collect recreation fees and/or issue 
recreation permits. Name and contact information will be used to inform 
applicants and permit holders of their success in securing a permit for 
a special area. Number in group, number and type of vehicles, water 
craft, or stock may be used to assure compliance with management area 
direction for recreational lands and waters and track visitation 
trends. A national forest may use ZIP codes to help determine where the 
national forest's visitor base originates. Activity information may be 
used to improve services. Personal information such as names, 
addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and vehicle registration 
information will be secured and maintained in accordance with the 
system of records, National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) USDA/
FS-55.
    FS-2300-26, Recreation Fee Permit Envelope. Information collected 
includes the amount enclosed in the envelope, number of days paid, time 
and date of purchase, visitor's vehicle license number and registered 
State, visitor's home ZIP code, number in party, other charges (if 
applicable), visitor's Interagency Pass/Golden Passport or Regional/
Forest Pass number (if applicable), planned departure date (if 
applicable), site name, camp's site type: Single campsite or group 
campsite (if applicable), campsite number (if applicable), and the 
number in group.

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    FS-2300-26a is the same form as FS-2300-26. The difference is the 
color of the form is different to signify a specific region's use.
    FS-2300-30, Visitor's Permit. Information collected includes the 
Visitor's name and address, area(s) to be visited, dates of visit, 
length of stay, location of entry and exit points, method of travel, 
number of people in the group, and where applicable, the number of pack 
and saddle stock (that is, the number of animals either carrying people 
or their gear), the number of dogs, and the number of watercraft and/or 
vehicles (where allowed).
    The Forest Service employee who completes the Visitor's Permit will 
note on the permit any special restrictions or important information 
the visitor should know. The visitor receives a copy of the permit and 
instructions to keep the permit with them for the duration of the 
visit.
    FS-2300-32, Visitor Registration Card. Information collected 
includes the Visitor's name and address, area(s) to be visited, dates 
of visit, length of stay, location of entry and exit points, method of 
travel, number of people in the group, and where applicable, the number 
of pack and saddle stock (that is, the number of animals either 
carrying people or their gear) in the group, the number of dogs, and 
the number of watercraft and/or vehicles (where allowed).
    FS-2300-43, Permit for Short-Term, Noncommercial Use of Government-
Owned Cabins and Lookouts is used to record contact information 
including name, address, and telephone number, requested dates of 
occupancy, party size, and additional items if applicable, such as 
number of pack animals and/or snowmobiles. If unable to collect this 
information, national forests would not be able to manage their permit 
programs or disperse use, protect natural and cultural resources, 
provide for the health and safety of visitors, allocate capacity, and/
or help cover the higher costs of providing specialized services on 
National Forest System recreational lands.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: 3-15 minutes.
    Type of Respondents: Individuals.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 2,598,000.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 123,996 hours.
    Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information 
is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the 
functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have 
practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency's 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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, 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 request for Office of 
Management and Budget approval.

    Dated: June 29, 2012.
James M. Pe[ntilde]a,
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2012-16503 Filed 7-5-12; 8:45 am]
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