[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 180 (Monday, September 17, 2012)]
[Page 57070]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22811]

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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

September 11, 2012.

    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following 
information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments 
regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques 
and other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk 
Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, DC, OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental 
Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-
7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured 
of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this 
notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 
(202) 720-8681.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information 
unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB 
control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to 
respond to the collection of information that such persons are not 
required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.

Forest Service

    Title: Understanding the Threats of Wildfire and Climate Change: 
Risk Mitigation Behaviors of Homeowners.
    OMB Control Number: 0596-New.
    Summary of Collection: The number of people living in wildland-
urban interface areas that are threatened by wildfire has increased 
significantly over the past twenty to thirty years.
    This, in turn has lead to increased risk to human and ecosystem 
health. In efforts to mitigate this risk the U.S. Forest Service (FS) 
uses techniques such as prescribed fire and selective thinning of 
vegetation to reduce fuel loads. Homeowners living in these areas also 
engage in activities, such as clearing brush from around their homes to 
mitigate risk. To understand homeowner behavior and their response to 
various sources of risk requires asking individuals living in high risk 
communities what they are doing and why they are doing it. A census of 
the homeowner population is the most effective statistically valid 
approach to expanding our understanding of these issues. The 
information collected from homeowners under this project will help 
forest service management meet the requirements of forest planning 
under the National Forest Management Act of 1976, the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 for public input on federal decision 
making, and the National Fire Plan of 2001 that authorized social 
science research on wildfire and is funding this project.
    Need and Use of the Information: Homeowners located in the 
wildland-urban interface in areas that were affected by wildfires, will 
be asked to complete a voluntary one time survey. Questions will help 
determine the link between homeowners' perceived risk to themselves and 
their property from wildfire and their behavior to mitigate that 
threat. Type of information collected will include (1) risk perceptions 
regarding wildfire, (2) risk reduction behaviors associated with 
wildfire, (3) sources of information regarding wildfires and wildfire 
risk reduction, (4) attitudes and knowledge of climate change and its 
impact on wildfire risks, and (5) socio-economic information. This 
study will help decision makers better understand the preferences of 
the homeowners in high risk areas to deal with threats that are posed 
from wildfire as these risks are enhanced due to the effects of climate 
    Description of Respondents: Individuals or households.
    Number of Respondents: 400.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (one time).
    Total Burden Hours: 130.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-22811 Filed 9-14-12; 8:45 am]